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