Use of thyroid function tests: guidelines development group
The guidelines development group
The Use of Thyroid Function Tests Guidelines Development Group ~ was formed in 2002 under the auspices of the Association for Clinical Biochemistry (ACB), the British Thyroid Association (BTA) and the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF).
Purpose of the guidelines
It is hoped that the document will provide guidance for primary care physicians, specialist physicians, endocrinologists, and clinical biochemists. The accompanying patient information sets have been especially designed to explain thyroid function testing and to summarise the main recommendations in the guidelines in everyday language.
The purpose of the guidelines is to encourage a greater understanding of thyroid function testing amongst all stakeholders with a view to the widespread adoption of harmonised good practice in the diagnosis and management of patients with thyroid disorders.
The guidelines are also intended to provide a basis for local and national audit and each section offers recommendations that are suitable for the audit process.