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This learning plan (worth a suggested 7 CPD credits) aims to improve GPs’ knowledge of autoimmune conditions that they may encounter in general practice, and provide practical information on presenting symptoms. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete.
Professor Rayaz Malik and colleagues outline the latest NICE guidance on diagnosis and management of type 1 diabetes. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include when to measure C-peptide and diabetes-specific autoantibodies, DAFNE (dose-adjustment for normal eating) education programme, carbohydrate-counting training, and management options.
In this article Dr Fiona Norwood considers the characteristics of myasthenia gravis, key diagnostic features and how to manage this condition, as well as giving a round up of the current evidence base. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include what do to for a patient in myasthenic crisis, prognosis and treatment options.
Dr Arun Rajendran and Dr Jeremy MD Nightingale describes the epidemiology and aetiology, diagnosis and management of coeliac disease. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include typical and atypical presentations, prognosis and follow-up.
Dr Penny Edrich describes an unusual rash on a patient’s face, which upon specialist examination proved to be linked to Raynaud’s phenomenon. Tips for treatment of Raynaud’s disease are listed in this activity, along with learning points regarding specialist investigation to exclude autoimmune disease.
Dr Tillman Jacobi presents the case of a five-year old discovered to have type 1 diabetes. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the presentation of type 1 diabetes, genetic likelihood of developing type 1 diabetes, and diagnosis with a positive dipstick test.
This article, updated in 2018, by Dr Mareen Joy, Dr Natasha Jordan and Professor David D’Cruz reviews epidemiology and classification of SLE, as well as the pharmacological management options. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include clues to the diagnosis, the 2012 Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics classification and improvements in prognosis.