In both community and hospital environments, anemia is one of the most common laboratory abnormalities. Anemia is related to a range of poorer health outcomes, including lower quality of life, hospital admission, extended long-term hospital care as well as mortality, but tests for anemia remain unsuitable, leaving patients without a confirmed clinical diagnosis of the condition.
The new project for improving Quality led by University of Birmingham Professor Dan Lasserson and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust aims to build an algorithm for decision support to reduce the number of patients with a lack of anemia investigation. It means that the correct type of testing is conducted for the first time in patients with anemia found and avoids over-investigation, as evidence is already in place in the lab archive. Therefore, the anemia algorithm supports logical anemia treatment by using real, local-specific resources.
In combination with hematologists, acute medical practitioners, gastroenterologists, and GP, the algorithm guide will be developed to ensure that outputs are produced using electronic medical records in a usable and effective format to maximize the generalization across primaries and secondary care.
This quality improvement program has been supported by Vifor Pharma, the leading iron deficiency therapy provider.
Nick Ibrahim, VPUK General Manager, said: “Irrespective of the effective treatments available, Vifor UK is proud to support a project that will allow better identification and management of people with iron deficiency and anemia, with the potential to provide significant benefits to thousands of patients and the healthcare system in general.”
The Professor of Ambulatory Care at the Institute of Applied Health Research University of Birmingham, Dan Lasserson, told: “Anaemia is associated with a range of poorer health outcomes and seen commonly in community and hospital settings, but despite this, there is wide variation in approaches to diagnosis and management.”
“Developing a population-based anemia detection, diagnosis and management tool will standardize care to the large and diverse population in Birmingham, and ensure that at every healthcare contact, patients will have the right tests performed to find the underlying cause of anemia.”