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Holding out for a hero: helping patients to look after their livers

Publication date: Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Contributor(s): Susan Mayor

The liver is the body's unsung hero, quietly working away to make the vital substances that keep a wide range of essential body processes ticking over, breaking down chemicals that would otherwise be toxic and hoovering up worn-out blood cells. But liver disease is currently very low on the primary care agenda compared to other long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory conditions. Awarded 'nil points' on the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), the liver doesn't get a look in when it comes to health checks and dedicated clinics. So how can we make sure the liver isn't left out of consultations?

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Category: Editorial
Edition: Volume 9, Number 1, Jul-Aug-Sep 2012
Print edition page(s): 9-11
Contributor(s): Susan Mayor

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