Dr Lababa Maryum Raja, Dr Humza Farooq, Dr Shagufta Manzoor
Aim of Study: We conducted this study to investigate the psychological consequences of using Interferon injections and not using them in Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC) patients. Study Design: A cross sectional study. Place and Duration: This study was carried out in Medicine department for the duration of one year at Services Hospital Lahore from 1st August, 2019 to 31st July, 2020. Methodology: Six case studies (3 males and 3 females) with CHC patients were conducted through purposive sampling. The diagnosed CHC patients were interviewed after taking written consent. Semi-structured interview schedule was prepared beforehand by reviewing past literature. Thematic Analysis combining inductive and deductive approaches were used. Results: The themes depicting depression and anxiety were found in CHC patients using interferon injections whereas stress was found in CHC patients not using these injections. The common major themes were personality traits, quality of life and coping strategies in both CHC patients. However, the sub-themes were found to be different in both CHC patients. Conclusion: CHC patients having interferon injections were suffering from more adverse psychological consequences than CHC patients not taking interferon injections. Keywords: Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC), Interferon Injections, Psychological Consequences.