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Loss of appetite – red flag symptoms

Content developed by MIMS Learning


This resource discusses red flag symptoms in patients with loss of appetite and considers the importance of taking a detailed history. Key learning points for general practice nurses include possible causes and further investigations to consider.


After completing this module general practice nurses should be better able to:

  • Identify possible causes of loss of appetite

  • Take a focused history to exclude serious conditions such as malignancy 

  • Understand which investigations to conduct and when to refer


Dr Pipin Singh, GP


This resource is provided at basic level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.