adult screening programme
Thyroid disease is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not function properly. There are 2 types of thyroid disease. These are:
- hyperthyroidism, where the body produces too much thyroid hormone
- hypothyroidism, where the body produces too little thyroid hormone
Thyroid dysfunction is associated with other health problems. These include increased risk of heart disease, decreased bone density, and stroke.
UK NSC screening recommendation
Screening for thyroid disease in adults is not recommended. This is because:
- there is no agreement on what a 'normal' level of thyroid hormone is
- there is no cut off point where health professionals agree that treatment is needed
- in some people thyroid hormone levels will return to normal without treatment
- it is unclear whether an earlier treatment would be beneficial
Supporting documents from the 2018 review
Evidence summary thyroid disease (2017)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses thyroid disease (2018)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2018
Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Thyroid disease
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- British Thyroid Association
- British Thyroid Foundation
- Faculty of Public Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Nursing
- Royal College of Pathologists
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Royal Society of Medicine
- Society for Endocrinology
- Thyroid UK