Why is awareness education about iron deficiency anemia important for physicians and public health officials?

Updated: Sep 07, 2019
  • Author: James L Harper, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Physician education is needed to ensure a greater awareness of iron deficiency and the testing needed to establish the diagnosis properly. Physician education also is needed to investigate the etiology of the iron deficiency.

Public health officials in geographic regions where iron deficiency is prevalent need to be aware of the significance of iron deficiency, its effect upon work performance, and the importance of providing iron during pregnancy and childhood. The addition of iron to basic foodstuffs is employed in these areas to diminish the problem.

For patient education resources, see the Blood and Lymphatic System Center and the Esophagus, Stomach, and Intestine Center, as well as Anemia and Celiac Sprue.


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