Improving care for patients with anaemia

Doctor and patient discussing clinical trials

A new study, led in Southampton by Dr James Plumb, aims to explore how anaemia is diagnosed and managed in hospital.

The hope is this will lead to a standardised guideline for doctors to aid better diagnosis and treatment of anaemia at hospital. 

Currently there are no specific guidelines for doctors on how to diagnose and treat anaemia in hospital in the UK, with different approaches used depending on who treats the patient.

This means that lots of different tests and investigations are done for some patients and little or none are done for others. A doctor working in gastroenterology, for example, might diagnose a patient with anaemia using a different set of tests to a doctor working on a cardiology ward.

The Investigation of Anaemia in Hospital (ISAIAH) study aims to investigate current practices in a large teaching hospital, and develop new guidelines to ensure all anaemic patients receive the best possible care. 

Creating a national guideline

Dr Plumb will analyse the data of around 35,000 patients admitted to University Hospital Southampton with anaemia, to determine how the doctors diagnosed it, which blood tests were done and what treatments were given.

From this, he aims to discover what can be done to improve patients’ care when being diagnosed with anaemia. The hope is that the study will not just help improve local practices, but may also be used to develop a national set of guidelines for doctors.

Opting out

If you were diagnosed or treated for anaemia at any stage in 2016, anonymised data from your health records may be used in the analysis for in this study.

If you would prefer for your data not to be used in this study, please email Dr James Plumb at, call: 023 8120 4989 or send a letter to:

Clinical Research Facility, Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Mailpoint 218, Southampton General Hospital,Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Posted on Tuesday 19 December 2017