Recognising and managing the symptoms of thyroid disease
Approximately 1% of the population of the UK suffers from thyroid disorders including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid swellings, with each condition being more common in women than men. General pPractice nurses may see people presenting with symptoms of thyroid disease, so may be ordering thyroid function tests and may also be involved in reviewing people with thyroid disease. It is therefore important to understand the key elements of managing these conditions and be aware of the practice nurse’s role and responsibilities.
This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of thyroid disease. Complete the resource to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.
On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:
Practice Nurse featured article
Thyroid disease Dr Ed Warren
NHS Map of Medicine (2014) Suspected thyroid disease Available from http://healthguides.mapofmedicine.com/choices/map/thyroid_disorders1.html
NICE CKS Hypothyroidism http://cks.nice.org.uk/hypothyroidism
NICE CKS hyperthyroidism http://cks.nice.org.uk/hyperthyroidism