Investigating Thyroid Function
GP and laboratory communication
To provide a better outcome for the patient it is important there is open and clear communication between the GP and the laboratory. It is important the laboratory is aware of the following:
- The clinical indication for testing (are you suspicious of thyroid dysfunction, or are you monitoring drug treatment)
- Any relevant drug treatments the patient may be taking (e.g. thyroxine, carbimazole), including the dose and any changes in dose and the length of therapy.
Providing the laboratory with as much clinical information as possible allows the laboratory to provide a better service. Reflex tests can be added more appropriately, and abnormal or unexpected results can be investigated and interpreted more effectively.
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