The Primary Care Respiratory Society

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Aspiring and Inspiring Respiratory Researchers

PCRS Research Lead, Dr Helen Ashdown,
Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

PCRS is grounded in real world clinical practice and service development and  is a truly multi-disciplinary society, that is welcoming of professionals from all backgrounds (clinical and non-clinical)  and  as such offers a great learning environment and  network for the exchange of thinking between clinicians and researchers.  

Some may see PCRS as a primarily clinical society, but it has a strong heritage in research, setting up the first chair in primary care respiratory medicine at Aberdeen University in 2000, and developing a leading primary care academic journal now published as npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine.
Research faded into the background for a few years, but recognising that it  was no longer in touch with the full range of primary care respiratory academic researchers in the UK, the Society is back committed fully to supporting academic research to solve real world primary care respiratory problems.
In recent years, our research arm has been going from strength to strength with researchers from across the UK from many professional backgrounds and career stages getting involved. Here’s a reminder of what we can offer researchers.

Sharing ideas and resources

To further facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources and issues we have created an email group for research-interested members to stay in touch with each other. If you wish to join the Research Network  group please contact us.  If you have any news you wish to share with your fellow respiratory researchers please contact us and, subject to approval, we will circulate the news to members of the email group.

PCRS Support for external research projects

Download our criteria for supporting external research projects


Several times a year we send out a research newsletter (current editor Ann Hutchinson), which features news, a rolling ‘Spotlight on…’ series about different centres for primary care respiratory research, and information about funding opportunities and conferences which may be of interest. Articles will be saved longer term on the research pages of the PCRS website. Please do get in touch if you would like to write a short article, share your research and news, or feature in our ‘Spotlight on…’ series in future!

Autumn 2018

March 2019

June 2019

Event - Inspiring Primary Care Respiratory Research and Researchers
Thursday 19 September 2019 12:30 - 17:00
The International Centre, Telford

This pre-conference workshop will offer sessions for researchers on integrated respiratory care, research integrated with industry, how to put together a successful research funding application plus group work and a discussion of current respiratory research questions.  Find out more

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine Update

View the link to access information on recently published papers and information on special discounts on processing charges for PCRS members


Spotlight On... Articles Trial Updates Tools Reports, Events and Surveys
Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. Living well with breathlessness TANDEM Trial Reach database Challenges of implementing guidelines
Hull York Medical School Breathe Study Decision Support Software Study Kudos ARNS 2018
  Physical activity post PR in COPD     PCRS 2018   PCRS Published Abstracts 2018
  Delivering high value therapies in COPD: the secret is in the marketing      
  Systematic review of clinical prediction models to support the diagnosis of asthma