This interactive module explores the diagnostic approach to fatigue in young to middle-aged adults, to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence in assessing patients with this condition.
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Fatigue is a common presentation in general practice. GPs report managing people presenting with fatigue is challenging, and in a survey of GP registrars, fatigue was the symptom most commonly associated with difficulties in ordering and interpreting tests.
This interactive module explores the diagnostic approach to fatigue in young to middle-aged adults, as outlined in Therapeutic Guidelines: Diagnostic Approach to Fatigue in Primary Care, 2011.
Case scenarios will help you consider the influence of age, gender, disease prevalence and clinical history on pre-test probability, and you'll learn when testing is more appropriate and which tests should be considered.
This module aims to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence in assessing patients with fatigue.
In this module you will learn to:
- implement the diagnostic approach to fatigue as outlined in Therapeutic Guidelines
- recall red flags indicating potential underlying serious disease
- recognise the importance of clinical assessment, combined with knowledge of disease prevalence, in estimating the pre-test probability of underlying conditions in fatigue
- consider pre-test probability when assessing the appropriateness of testing in fatigue
- use targeted tests based on history and examination, when testing is indicated (and minimise the harms associated with unnecessary testing).