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Thalassaemia: diagnosis and treatment

Thalassaemia: diagnosis and treatment

Format

Expert Perspective

Time to Complete

0.5 hours

Published

July 6, 2016

Updated

October 4, 2016
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Programme Description

Dr Banu Kaya and Dr Paul Telfer outline the aetiology and prevalence of thalassaemia, its diagnosis and treatment, and the role of the GP in its management. Key learning points include the risk of complications, the availability of iron chelation therapy and when screening may be required.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article, GPs and nurses should be better able to:
  • Recall the prevalence of thalassaemia
  • Distinguish alpha from beta thalassaemia
  • Know how screening for thalassaemia is conducted
  • Be aware that the classification of thalassaemia is changing
  • Consider potential complications and their treatment
  • Initiate screening where appropriate
  • Help to optimise patients’ health over their lifespan
  • Authors

    Activity and test authors
    Dr Banu Kaya
    Consultant haematologist
    Royal London Hospital
    London
    UK

    Dr Paul Telfer
    Consultant haematologist
    Royal London Hospital
    London
    UK

    Instructions

    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs. This activity is offered at no cost.

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    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
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