Tool helps GPs predict need for liver referral

A new tool can help GPs predict the likelihood of a patient with no obvious clinical liver disease developing the condition in the future, a study suggests.

The algorithm, used after an initial liver function test, could help GPs focus referral on a small subset of patients with higher predicted risk, while addressing modifiable liver disease risk factor in patients at lower risk, the UK researchers said.

Analysing data from almost 100,000 patients in Scotland, researchers found the following were all