20 January 2020

Anaemia diagnosis and treatment tool in development

A new project will create a ‘decision support service’ to improve care for people with anaemia, British doctors have announced.

Researchers working on ambulatory care at the University of Birmingham plan to develop a population-based anaemia diagnosis and treatment tool. They hope it will aid health care workers in selecting the best approach for individual patients living at home or staying in hospital.

Professor Dan Lasserson explains: “Anaemia is associated with a range of poorer health outcomes and seen commonly in community and hospital settings, but despite this, there is wide variation in approaches to diagnosis and management.

“Developing a population-based anaemia detection, diagnosis and management tool will standardise care to the large and diverse population in Birmingham, and ensure that at every healthcare contact, patients will have the right tests performed to find the underlying cause of anaemia.”

A group of medical specialists will contribute to the project, including haematologists, acute physicians, gastroenterologists, and GPs. The project is financially supported by Vifor Pharma, a leader in iron deficiency therapy.

Ultimately the team hope the tool will ensure the right combination of tests are performed for patients with anaemia detected for the first time. It will also reduce ‘over-investigation’, where information is already contained within existing results in the laboratory database, the developers say.

Source: University of Birmingham



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