Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | September 2020

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Improving management of vitamin B12 deficiency in primary care

Improving management of vitamin B12 deficiency in primary care

Pages: 38 - 43

Article topics: Assessment, Management, Vitamin B deficiency

This article discusses the assessment and management of vitamin B12 deficiency. The author examines the causes of this condition, such as pernicious anaemia, and the different methods that can be used to manage it, for example vitamin B12 supplements, diet and medication review. Primary care nurses are frequently responsible for ordering blood tests and managing B12 deficiency. However, there is a lack of consistency in the management of the condition, partly because there are a number of different blood tests that can be performed, not all of which are available in every hospital laboratory.


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