It is not a tick box template – all consultations with patients should be approached holistically and tailored specifically to the patient’s needs, requirements and other co-morbidities and situations.
Asthma Guidelines in Practice – A PCRS Consensus is a practical and pragmatic guide for healthcare professionals working in primary and intermediate care. This guide was commissioned to provide clarity on aspects of diagnosis, management and monitoring of asthma that are uncertain
Historically, clinical decision rules have been used to guide antibiotic prescribing for patients presenting with signs and symptoms that indicate possible RTIs or infectious exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (IE-COPD).
Our intention is for the upper airways to be considered in tandem with the lower airways to avoid misdiagnosis and undermanagement. Implications for diagnosis and treatment are discussed and an algorithm offered.
There are no mandatory training requirements for healthcare professionals delivering respiratory care and the quality of care and patient pathways are variable throughout the country depending on the knowledge, skills, competence and confidence of those delivering care.
This document supports the fantastic range of tools from animations to interactive slide rules that have been produced as part of the Asthma Right Care movement to support you to challenge perceptions and work with p
There are various forms of rhinitis, which is defined as inflammation of the nasal mucosa and can be due to various causes such as an allergen, infection, vaso-motor abnormality (caused by an irritant). The condition may also involve the sinuses and is known as rhino-sinusitis.
This pragmatic guide has been developed based on the work of the PCRS Greener Healthcare Working Group.
The necessary restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a backlog of patients in primary care who have perhaps delayed coming forward with respiratory health concerns, whose respiratory condition has worsened during lockdown and those whose assessment or treatment
PCRS have issued a position statement on strategies to care for patients with respiratory disease and frailty in the community setting. Frailty is thought to affect around 10% of those aged over 65 years and up to half of those aged over 85 years.
In this article Angela Wixey discusses a local programme of work that was established to unravel the risk factors associated with under- and over- diagnosis of COPD. The service was operated by a Respiratory Nurse Specialist (RNS) credited by the Association of Respiratory Techno
Air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK every year and both cause and worsen lung disease.
Peak flow charting and microspirometry are undervalued in guidelines and were underused in primary care even before the COVID pandemic, but have enhanced importance now given the difficulties with access to more formal respiratory function testing.