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113195 - Iron deficiency: how to detect it, how to correct it

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This free online learning module includes 15 clinical questions and immediate feedback is provided. There is also an original peer reviewed article written for GPs on iron deficiency.

Relevance to General Practice

- Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia are common and are often encountered in general practice. 
- In a study of Australian blood donors, 12% of female and 1.3% of male new donors had iron deficiency, and 3.8% of all potential new donors had anaemia. 
- Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anaemia worldwide, affecting more than two billion people. 
- Iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy has been associated with a risk of low birth weight, prematurity and maternal morbidity. 
- Iron deficiency affects between 37 and 61% of patients with chronic heart failure, and its treatment can improve exercise capacity and quality of life. 
- Even in the absence of anaemia, iron deficiency can affect cognition, impair quality of life and worsen co-morbid disease. 

Learning outcomes
  • Interpret iron studies
  • Manage a young person with iron deficiency
  • Manage a pregnant woman with iron deficiency
  • Consider ways to increase adherence to screening tests in pregnanc
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