CE Credit

Sickle Cell Disease and Trait


Welcome to the training on Sickle Cell Disease and Trait provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.25 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others with the ability to coordinate care for children with sickle cell disease and trait, collaborate with other health-care professionals, and communicate effectively with patients and families.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

1. Differentiate sickle cell disease from sickle cell trait.

2. Assess when a patient should be referred to a pediatric hematologist.

3. Manage ongoing care of patients with sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait in the primary care setting.

4. Specify culturally effective strategies for communicating with patients and families.

Please note this module expires on 11/14/2020.

This module was released on 11/14/2017.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements


One of the key aspects of your relationship with patients and their families is to educate them about medical conditions and help them identify other sources for reliable information. A wealth of resources about sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait, including support groups, are available for families. Many resources are available for health-care providers as well. Below is a resource list to share with families and another list of resources for providers.

The medical definitions in this module were adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MedicineNet.com, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.