|Dr Peter Taylor addressing the London Group of the British Thyroid Foundation|
Equally misdiagnosis of thyroid illness as depression or vice versa leads to inadequate treatment and dissatisfied patients. Given thyroid function tests are relatively inexpensive, it is important to make sure the diagnosis is correct, by repeating tests if necessary; as many working hours will be lost to undiagnosed or poorly treated thyroid conditions.
Our second speaker, Sheila Sturgeon of the Expert Patient Programme CIC gave an excellent talk on self management of chronic illnesses and getting the most out of health professionals. Several of the London Group have now signed up to do Expert Patient Programme courses.