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Link: UK Guidelines for the Use of Thyroid Function Tests

Purpose of the guidelines

It is hoped that the document will provide guidance for primary care physicians, specialist physicians, endocrinologists, and clinical biochemists. The accompanying patient information sets have been especially designed to explain thyroid function testing and to summarise the main recommendations in the guidelines in everyday language. The purpose of the guidelines is to encourage a greater understanding of thyroid function testing amongst all stakeholders with a view to the widespread adoption of harmonised good practice in the diagnosis and management of patients with thyroid disorders. The guidelines are also intended to provide a basis for local and national audit and each section offers recommendations that are suitable for the audit process. The document should be considered as guidelines only; it is not intended to serve as a standard of medical care. The doctors concerned must make the management plan for an individual patient. The focus of the document is thyroid function testing, and it is not intended to be a comprehensive text on thyroid disorders.


This guide may be of particular interest to women who wish to get pregnant and who also have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy, or who have a family history of thyroid disease, or women who are currently in the early stages of pregnancy. The full document can be found at

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