S5 – E15.5 – From SLD Think-Tank 2024 Wrap-Up: Shall We Focus More on Preventive Hepatology?

S5 - E15.5 - From SLD Think-Tank 2024 Wrap-Up: Shall We Focus More on Preventive Hepatology?
This final conversation from #SLDThinkTank 2024 start with the question, "Next year?" Two key foci emerge: broadening the set of groups in the meeting and focusing more broadly on the concept of preventive hepatology.

This wrap-up conversation focuses on elements to add and reconsider for #SLDThinkTank 2025. One key concept was to broaden the set of stakeholders invited to participate. Another involved focusing on the broader idea of “preventive hepatology.”

This conversation starts with Roger Green asking the group what other topics from #SLDThinkTank 2024 the panel should discuss before closing. Jörn Schattenberg expresses the hope that future meetings will have a wider representation of patient advocates and allied health professionals. Jeff wishes a representative of WHO could have been there. Mike recommends broadening primary care presence, and Maja would like to see more on technologies, specifically citing proteomics and mass spectrometry as two examples. “As an outsider,” Louise asks whether it is time to focus more intently on preventive hepatology and pre-screening. Jeff elaborates on the concept of preventive hepatology, anticipates that pre-screening will come from other specialties and notes that advocates and practitioners are focusing on preventive hepatology concepts without using that phrase.

Finally, Roger asks the group how non-practitioners can help drive wider awareness and action. Group answers vary widely.

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