Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron Deficiency Anemia, Pregnant Women (Screening)

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The AAFP concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for iron deficiency anemia in pregnant women to prevent adverse maternal health and birth outcomes. (2015)

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Iron Deficiency Anemia, Pregnant Women (Supplementation)

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The AAFP concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine iron supplementation for pregnant women to prevent adverse maternal health and birth outcomes. (2015)

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Iron Deficiency Anemia, Young Children (Screening)

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The AAFP concludes that the current evidence is insufficientto assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for iron deficiency anemia in children ages 6 to 24 months. (2015)

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These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.

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