Primary Hypothyroidism in Adults

Research Review Educational Series E-Learning Module


Primary Hypothyroidism in Adults

This Research Review Educational Series E-Learning Module provides detailed insight into disease-background and disease-management issues in primary hypothyroidism for New Zealand GPs.

Before starting the module please read the Research Review Educational Series publication, accessed through the link below:

Primary Hypothyroidism in Adults

The PDF through the link above can be viewed on screen, saved and printed.

This Educational Series E-Learning Module covers:

  • Disease-background and disease-management issues in primary hypothyroidism
  • Biochemical classification of hypothyroidism
  • Causes of hypothyroidism
  • Diagnosis and testing
  • Problems with delayed diagnosis
  • Treatment options for overt hypothyroidism
  • Under- or over-treatment
  • Ongoing monitoring
  • Management of poor responses to treatment
  • Management of primary hypothyroidism in special populations
  • Patients with persistent symptoms
  • Hypothyroidism during pregnancy
  • Myxoedema coma

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module you will improve your knowledge of:

  • Which patients to screen for hypothyroidism, based on current best practice in New Zealand
  • The importance of managing hypothyroidism
  • Treatment options available in New Zealand, and how to monitor & manage treatment
  • Management of special cases

Contributing Experts

Expert commentary is provided by Endocrinologist Dr Rick Cutfield of Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland.

Module questions have been developed by Dr Chris Tofield, who works part time in General Practice in Tauranga, is involved with clinical research and is clinical advisor to Bay of Plenty District Health Board.


“Primary Hypothyroidism in Adults" E-Learning Module has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 1 CME credit for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.
Further info


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