International variation in GP treatment strategies for subclinical hypothyroidism in older adults: a case-based survey

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International variation in GP treatment strategies for subclinical hypothyroidism in older adults : a case-based survey. / den Elzen, Wendy P J; Lefèbre-van de Fliert, Anne A; Virgini, Vanessa; Mooijaart, Simon P; Frey, Peter; Kearney, Patricia M; Kerse, Ngaire; Mallen, Christian D; McCarthy, Vera J C; Muth, Christiane; Rosemann, Thomas; Russell, Audrey; Schers, Henk; Stott, David J; de Waal, Margot W M; Warner, Alex; Westendorp, Rudi G J; Rodondi, Nicolas; Gussekloo, Jacobijn.

In: British Journal of General Practice, Vol. 65, No. 631, 02.2015, p. e121-132.

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den Elzen, WPJ, Lefèbre-van de Fliert, AA, Virgini, V, Mooijaart, SP, Frey, P, Kearney, PM, Kerse, N, Mallen, CD, McCarthy, VJC, Muth, C, Rosemann, T, Russell, A, Schers, H, Stott, DJ, de Waal, MWM, Warner, A, Westendorp, RGJ, Rodondi, N & Gussekloo, J 2015, 'International variation in GP treatment strategies for subclinical hypothyroidism in older adults: a case-based survey', British Journal of General Practice, vol. 65, no. 631, pp. e121-132. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp15X683569

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den Elzen, W. P. J., Lefèbre-van de Fliert, A. A., Virgini, V., Mooijaart, S. P., Frey, P., Kearney, P. M., ... Gussekloo, J. (2015). International variation in GP treatment strategies for subclinical hypothyroidism in older adults: a case-based survey. British Journal of General Practice, 65(631), e121-132. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp15X683569

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den Elzen WPJ, Lefèbre-van de Fliert AA, Virgini V, Mooijaart SP, Frey P, Kearney PM et al. International variation in GP treatment strategies for subclinical hypothyroidism in older adults: a case-based survey. British Journal of General Practice. 2015 Feb;65(631):e121-132. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp15X683569

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den Elzen, Wendy P J ; Lefèbre-van de Fliert, Anne A ; Virgini, Vanessa ; Mooijaart, Simon P ; Frey, Peter ; Kearney, Patricia M ; Kerse, Ngaire ; Mallen, Christian D ; McCarthy, Vera J C ; Muth, Christiane ; Rosemann, Thomas ; Russell, Audrey ; Schers, Henk ; Stott, David J ; de Waal, Margot W M ; Warner, Alex ; Westendorp, Rudi G J ; Rodondi, Nicolas ; Gussekloo, Jacobijn. / International variation in GP treatment strategies for subclinical hypothyroidism in older adults : a case-based survey. In: British Journal of General Practice. 2015 ; Vol. 65, No. 631. pp. e121-132.

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title = "International variation in GP treatment strategies for subclinical hypothyroidism in older adults: a case-based survey",
abstract = "BACKGROUND: There is limited evidence about the impact of treatment for subclinical hypothyroidism, especially among older people.AIM: To investigate the variation in GP treatment strategies for older patients with subclinical hypothyroidism depending on country and patient characteristics.DESIGN AND SETTING: Case-based survey of GPs in the Netherlands, Germany, England, Ireland, Switzerland, and New Zealand.METHOD: The treatment strategy of GPs (treatment yes/no, starting-dose thyroxine) was assessed for eight cases presenting a woman with subclinical hypothyroidism. The cases differed in the patient characteristics of age (70 versus 85 years), vitality status (vital versus vulnerable), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) concentration (6 versus 15 mU/L).RESULTS: A total of 526 GPs participated (the Netherlands n = 129, Germany n = 61, England n = 22, Ireland n = 21, Switzerland n = 262, New Zealand n = 31; overall response 19{\%}). Across countries, differences in treatment strategy were observed. GPs from the Netherlands (mean treatment percentage 34{\%}), England (40{\%}), and New Zealand (39{\%}) were less inclined to start treatment than GPs in Germany (73{\%}), Ireland (62{\%}), and Switzerland (52{\%}) (P = 0.05). Overall, GPs were less inclined to start treatment in 85-year-old than in 70-year-old females (pooled odds ratio [OR] 0.74 [95{\%} confidence interval [CI] = 0.63 to 0.87]). Females with a TSH of 15 mU/L were more likely to get treated than those with a TSH of 6 mU/L (pooled OR 9.49 [95{\%} CI = 5.81 to 15.5]).CONCLUSION: GP treatment strategies of older people with subclinical hypothyroidism vary largely by country and patient characteristics. This variation underlines the need for a new generation of international guidelines based on the outcomes of randomised clinical trials set within primary care.",
author = "{den Elzen}, {Wendy P J} and {Lef{\`e}bre-van de Fliert}, {Anne A} and Vanessa Virgini and Mooijaart, {Simon P} and Peter Frey and Kearney, {Patricia M} and Ngaire Kerse and Mallen, {Christian D} and McCarthy, {Vera J C} and Christiane Muth and Thomas Rosemann and Audrey Russell and Henk Schers and Stott, {David J} and {de Waal}, {Margot W M} and Alex Warner and Westendorp, {Rudi G J} and Nicolas Rodondi and Jacobijn Gussekloo",
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RIS

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T1 - International variation in GP treatment strategies for subclinical hypothyroidism in older adults

T2 - a case-based survey

AU - den Elzen, Wendy P J

AU - Lefèbre-van de Fliert, Anne A

AU - Virgini, Vanessa

AU - Mooijaart, Simon P

AU - Frey, Peter

AU - Kearney, Patricia M

AU - Kerse, Ngaire

AU - Mallen, Christian D

AU - McCarthy, Vera J C

AU - Muth, Christiane

AU - Rosemann, Thomas

AU - Russell, Audrey

AU - Schers, Henk

AU - Stott, David J

AU - de Waal, Margot W M

AU - Warner, Alex

AU - Westendorp, Rudi G J

AU - Rodondi, Nicolas

AU - Gussekloo, Jacobijn

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N2 - BACKGROUND: There is limited evidence about the impact of treatment for subclinical hypothyroidism, especially among older people.AIM: To investigate the variation in GP treatment strategies for older patients with subclinical hypothyroidism depending on country and patient characteristics.DESIGN AND SETTING: Case-based survey of GPs in the Netherlands, Germany, England, Ireland, Switzerland, and New Zealand.METHOD: The treatment strategy of GPs (treatment yes/no, starting-dose thyroxine) was assessed for eight cases presenting a woman with subclinical hypothyroidism. The cases differed in the patient characteristics of age (70 versus 85 years), vitality status (vital versus vulnerable), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) concentration (6 versus 15 mU/L).RESULTS: A total of 526 GPs participated (the Netherlands n = 129, Germany n = 61, England n = 22, Ireland n = 21, Switzerland n = 262, New Zealand n = 31; overall response 19%). Across countries, differences in treatment strategy were observed. GPs from the Netherlands (mean treatment percentage 34%), England (40%), and New Zealand (39%) were less inclined to start treatment than GPs in Germany (73%), Ireland (62%), and Switzerland (52%) (P = 0.05). Overall, GPs were less inclined to start treatment in 85-year-old than in 70-year-old females (pooled odds ratio [OR] 0.74 [95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.63 to 0.87]). Females with a TSH of 15 mU/L were more likely to get treated than those with a TSH of 6 mU/L (pooled OR 9.49 [95% CI = 5.81 to 15.5]).CONCLUSION: GP treatment strategies of older people with subclinical hypothyroidism vary largely by country and patient characteristics. This variation underlines the need for a new generation of international guidelines based on the outcomes of randomised clinical trials set within primary care.

AB - BACKGROUND: There is limited evidence about the impact of treatment for subclinical hypothyroidism, especially among older people.AIM: To investigate the variation in GP treatment strategies for older patients with subclinical hypothyroidism depending on country and patient characteristics.DESIGN AND SETTING: Case-based survey of GPs in the Netherlands, Germany, England, Ireland, Switzerland, and New Zealand.METHOD: The treatment strategy of GPs (treatment yes/no, starting-dose thyroxine) was assessed for eight cases presenting a woman with subclinical hypothyroidism. The cases differed in the patient characteristics of age (70 versus 85 years), vitality status (vital versus vulnerable), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) concentration (6 versus 15 mU/L).RESULTS: A total of 526 GPs participated (the Netherlands n = 129, Germany n = 61, England n = 22, Ireland n = 21, Switzerland n = 262, New Zealand n = 31; overall response 19%). Across countries, differences in treatment strategy were observed. GPs from the Netherlands (mean treatment percentage 34%), England (40%), and New Zealand (39%) were less inclined to start treatment than GPs in Germany (73%), Ireland (62%), and Switzerland (52%) (P = 0.05). Overall, GPs were less inclined to start treatment in 85-year-old than in 70-year-old females (pooled odds ratio [OR] 0.74 [95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.63 to 0.87]). Females with a TSH of 15 mU/L were more likely to get treated than those with a TSH of 6 mU/L (pooled OR 9.49 [95% CI = 5.81 to 15.5]).CONCLUSION: GP treatment strategies of older people with subclinical hypothyroidism vary largely by country and patient characteristics. This variation underlines the need for a new generation of international guidelines based on the outcomes of randomised clinical trials set within primary care.

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JO - British Journal of General Practice

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