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Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Dr Gerry Morrow

Editor CKS, Medical & Product Director (Primary Care) Agilio Software; July 2022


The prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is directly correlated with the rise in obesity, and is set to become the most common reason for liver transplantation worldwide. Prognosis is poor for those with advanced disease but effective management by practice nurses can improve outcomes


On completion of this module, you should be better able to:

  • Describe how a working diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is reached
  • Discuss the assessment of a person with suspected NAFLD, including their risk of advanced liver fibrosis
  • Offer appropriate lifestyle advice and monitoring
  • Discuss the appropriate referral of people with NAFLD to a hepatology specialist for further investigation and management.

This resource is provided at an intermediate level. Read the article and answer the self-assessment questions, and reflect on what you have learned.

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


Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: the importance of early detection in primary care Dr Gerry Morrow