Diagnosing and Classifying Anemia in Adult Primary Care

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Anemia affects more than 3 million people in the United States and is usually diagnosed during routine exams. But it's what comes next that matters: classifying the type and identifying the underlying cause. Here's how to ensure your patient receives the most appropriate treatment.



CE/CME No: CR-1708

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• Discuss the importance of diagnosing the type of anemia in order to provide appropriate treatment.
• Describe how the complete blood count and its indices are used to initially determine if an anemia is microcytic, normocytic, or macrocytic.
• List the more common causes of microcytic, normocytic, and macrocytic anemia.
• Discuss addictional laboratory tests that may be used to further assess the cause of anemia.

Jean O’Neil is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid through July 31, 2018.

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