Volume 6 Issue 2 - 2012
Thyroid disease is common. In a Primary Care group practice of 10,000 patients there are likely to be over 200 with hypothyroidism who require thyroxine replacement therapy and a further 100 who have subclinical disease. Hyperthyroidism is less common but with a prevalence of 0.7% a typical practice is likely to have 50-70 patients with clinical disease, and a further 50-70 with subclinical disease. A clear understanding of the diagnostic issues involving thyroid disease and key management issues are therefore essential.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an increasingly common cause of blindness in the UK. Patients commonly present to primary care and the correct diagnosis with rapid referral to access new treatments may save their vision.
Eating Disorders are a group of mental disorders that have abnormal eating patterns in common in their presentation. They generally have their onset in childhood and adolescence but may be chronic and extend into adult life. There is an emphasis on the role of primary care in coordination of their management.