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Tired all the time - red flag symptoms

Tired all the time - red flag symptoms

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Red flags

Time to Complete

0.5 hours


December 4, 2013


September 14, 2016

Programme Description

Dr Suchita Shah covers the red flag symptoms to look out for in a patient who presents feeling `tired all the time', and lists the appropriate investigations to undertake in primary care. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include how to rule out serious pathology, suitable investigations and when to refer. Updated in 2016.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article, GPs should be better able to:
  • Recognise red flag symptoms relating to patients feeling tired all the time
  • Approach history taking in a systematic way for patients who present as tired all the time
  • Consider the most appropriate investigations at the most appropriate time for patients presenting as tired all the time
  • Identify situations in which patients presenting with being tired all the time need to be referred to secondary care
  • Readers' comments

    `Very helpful module.'


    `Article was useful, good concise overview.’


    Activity author
    Dr Suchita Shah
    GP, primary care tutor and public health associate in Oxford

    Test author
    Dr Elizabeth Cottrell
    Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice Specialty Training
    NHS North Staffordshire and Keele University


    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.


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