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Recognising and managing the symptoms of thyroid disease

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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.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • The physiological activity of the thyroid gland
  • How to diagnose thyroid disorders
  • The role of blood tests for assessing thyroid function
  • The management of thyroid disease
  • How to assess risk factors for thyroid cancer

Practice Nurse featured article 

Thyroid disease Dr Ed Warren

Reading list

NHS Map of Medicine (2014) Suspected thyroid disease Available from

NICE CKS Hypothyroidism

NICE CKS hyperthyroidism