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182809 - check, unit 563, Blood disorders, August 2019

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This edition of check focuses on the assessment and management of blood disorders in general practice.

Relevance to General Practice

General practitioners (GPs) are often the first point of contact for patients presenting with symptoms indicative of blood disorders. The most common inherited disorders are conditions such as clotting and bleeding disorders and haemoglobinopathies.(1)
The most common inherited bleeding disorder is von Willebrand disease.(2) It is estimated to affect 200,000 Australians, and prevalence is not affected by sex or racial background.(2)
Immune thrombocytopaenia affects approximately 1 in 16,000 adults each year, and the majority of patients are women aged 20–40 years.(3)
In 2018 it was estimated that 5% of Australians are carriers of alpha globin or beta globin gene variants.(4) The prevalence of haemoglobinopathies such as beta thalassaemia is expected to increase as the ethnic diversity of the population increases.(4,5)
Multiple myeloma most commonly occurs in men aged >60 years.5 In Australia, 1885 people were diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015.(6)
References on file.

Learning outcomes
  • Discuss the blood test results that would be indicative of von Willebrand disease.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of immune thrombocytopaenia.
  • Describe the management of patients with thalassaemia during pregnancy.
  • Outline the treatment options for multiple myeloma.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Pregnancy care
    182809 - check, unit 563, Blood disorders, August 2019
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