NPS Medicinewise - What's new en-au Latest tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests from NPS Medicinewise Copyright 2012 NPS Medicinewise Health/Medicines What's new — NPS Medicinewise Resistance fighter pledge A pledge to fight antibiotic resistance for doctors, GPs and other health professionals Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:42:58 +1000 Medicine safety alerts – proceed with caution Regulatory agencies release emerging safety information to manage associated changes in risk. If interpreted incorrectly, these updates and alerts could potentially lead to unintended consequences. How should you interpret safety updates and ensure your patients benefit from latest safety information? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Program Lead, Choosing wisely (maximum term contract) Do you have project management experience within the health sector? Do you have medical, pharmacy, nursing or science qualifications? Great staff benefits! Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Definition of fatigue Fatigue is a symptom, not a syndrome. The experience of fatigue is often hard to convey and patients describe it in a variety of terms, which can make the clinical identification challenging. Read more. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Key points on fatigue The diagnostic framework for fatigue in primary care focuses on accurate and comprehensive clinical history, targeted examination and judicious laboratory investigations, keeping in mind the clinical context. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Fatigue is a symptom with many possible causes Fatigue is unlikely to be caused by underlying serious illness in young to middle-aged adults who have no other symptoms and signs of disease. Read more. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 NPS MedicineWise reappoints Debbie Rigby to the board Consultant pharmacist Ms Debbie Rigby has been reappointed to the NPS MedicineWise board for a third and final three-year term. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +1000 Talking to your health professional about fatigue Fatigue can severely affect your quality of life. Your GP or pharmacist can help identify possible causes and discuss ways to manage your fatigue. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Psychological causes of fatigue People with depression, anxiety or experiencing grief will often feel physical and/or mental fatigue. There are many strategies and treatments that can help. Find out more. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 What is fatigue? Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness that is not relieved with rest; it can affect anyone. Find out more. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Ways to help you manage fatigue Many of the causes of fatigue can be modified or treated. Read more about the simple and practical steps you can take to help you manage fatigue. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 What can cause fatigue? Fatigue is a common symptom that can have many causes. These often have a basis in lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues. Read more. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Role of tests in fatigue There is no test to diagnose fatigue. As most patients with fatigue do not have relevant abnormal pathology test results, investigations should be used selectively. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Are there medical tests for fatigue? Fatigue is a symptom, so there is no specific test for fatigue. After taking your medicial history and possibly conducting an examination, your doctor may decide to order some tests to further explore your fatigue. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Physical causes of fatigue Fatigue can be a symptom of an acute physical condition such as a viral infection, a chronic condition such as cancer or multiple sclerosis, or can occur after recovery from surgery or a long illness. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Social causes of fatigue Worrying about money, stressing about work or struggling to keep up with family needs are just some of the many social factors that can lead to fatigue. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Use targeted tests for fatigue when physical disease is suspected First-line investigations of fatigue should be targeted at picking up the relatively common diagnoses. Tests commonly ordered for fatigue are full blood count, thyroid function and serum ferritin. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Management of fatigue When managing fatigue, a strong therapeutic partnership with the patient and communication around the possible causes opens an avenue for discussing appropriate lifestyle interventions which may improve symptoms. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Be alert for red flags in fatigue Red flags in fatigue are symptoms that may indicate more serious underlying pathology and require further investigation. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000 Lifestyle causes of fatigue There are many lifestyle factors that can lead to fatigue, from poor sleep to lack of exercise. Read more Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000