The field of hepatology has evolved significantly over the last two decades. Hepatology practice in Saudi Arabia (SA) was dominated by hepatitis B and C viruses but is now being overtaken by patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These patients require greater medical attention as their care is more complex compared to patients with viral hepatitis. In addition, liver transplantation (LT) has expanded significantly in SA over the last three decades. There is a necessity to increase the hepatology workforce to meet the demand in SA. The time has come to reinforce the transplant hepatology fellowship program, that was launched recently, and to develop a nurse practitioner practice model to meet these demands. In addition, SA is going through a health care reform to enhance health care delivery which may affect the financial compensation polices of various specialties including gastroenterology and hepatology. Therefore, the Saudi Association for the Study of Liver diseases and Transplantation (SASLT) established a task force to discuss the current and future demands in the hepatology workforce in SA, as well as to discuss different avenues of financial compensation for transplant hepatologists in LT centers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2022|
- Advanced liver disease
- liver transplant
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