PBSG AdHoc Workshop: Anemia in Adults & Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation
Type: Mainpro+ Workshops (Mainpro-C)
Friday May 11 1:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Room 103 Credits: 8 Mainpro+ Price: $295.75+HST
Anemia is the most common hematologic abnormality seen in family practice. Clinicians face the challenge of ordering appropriate tests and identifying the underlying cause. Management entails treating the cause, understanding the evidence on iron supplementation, and knowing when to consider using erythropoietin-stimulating agents (ESAs), blood transfusion and referral to a consultant. Dietary supplements are used by more than half of the adult North American population. It is assumed for the majority, that eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods provides the necessary vitamins and minerals required for daily life. However, many healthy individuals take dietary supplements in an effort to maintain overall health, prevent disease, as anti-aging treatments\ or simply to compensate for eating poorly. With so many nutritional supplements available and claims made about their health benefits, it can be challenging to help patients decide whether a vitamin or mineral supplement is safe and beneficial for them.
The Anemia in Adults module will enable clinicians to diagnose, investigate and manage anemia in adults in primary care; initiate appropriate iron replacement therapy, including IV iron; and identify patients to consider for an erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) and/or blood transfusion for anemia.
The Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation module will enable clinicians to understand the evidence for nutrient supplementation in the primary prevention of chronic disease; consider the safety profile for various
vitamins and minerals, including possible drug interactions; and communicate and tailor the risks and benefits of vitamin and mineral supplementation for individual patients, and where to access reliable sources of information to help make an informed decision.
Mary Manno MD, CCFP, FCFP A family physician in Oakville since 1986, Dr. Manno has a keen interest in education, working with medical students, residents and practising physicians in various roles. She has been actively involved for many years in the Foundation for Medical Practice Education, as a PBLP module author and small-group facilitator.