Primary Outcome Measures:
- Attributes of Treatment Experience [ Time Frame: Zero to five years since ending treatment. ]
Four basic reasons for persisting in antiviral treatment were identified: cure the disease, concern about diminishing time to act (avoid bad end), demonstation of personal strength, and redemption for past behavior.
Qualitative pilot study of patient' views of their experiences with antiviral treatment for hepatitis C. Two groups of patients will be sampled: nine who completed a 24 or 48 week course of treatment and nine who withdrew from treatment prior to planned end. Interview data will be analyzed using narrative and grounded theory methods to identify attributes of treatment experience that may discriminate between completion and withdrawal.