Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is the topic of discussion in this episode of the PCRS Podcast.
Despite the reality of high asthma death rates in the UK, Asthma Myths mean many do not take the condition seriously. In our Asthma Right Care podcast, Deborah Leese and Dr Mark Levy share how healthcare professionals can tackle misconceptions and put asthma patients on the right path. "As clinicians we need to avoid perpetuating the myth that asthma is not a serious disease. It definitely is not “only asthma” and something that can kill is certainly not mild!"
Darush Attar-Zadeh explains how healthcare professionals can educate and empower patients to optimize their asthma treatment and help to them to live a symptom free life. “Asthma patients can live well with the right treatment, correct technique and proper adherence.”
Dr Katherine Hickman explains the importance of basic asthma care and shares her experience of changing a patient’s life by having a three minute conversation about his blue inhaler overuse. “Commons myths can form real barriers to effective symptom control, countering these myths is a really important part of our role as health care professionals.”
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. Using Fit To Care will support you to undertake a baseline training needs assessment to highlighted strengths of respiratory services, and gaps in care delivery which could be better supported with appropriate education and training.
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 patients to optimise asthma control.
Frances explains how some people with asthma view their symptoms as an unavoidable part of the condition - leading them to avoid triggers, such as exercise and pets. Frances emphasizes that harnessing patients’ knowledge of their triggers and educating them in effective asthma management will enable them to take part in all aspects of life.
The Asthma Right Care (ARC) Slide Rule has been developed as part of a global movement led by our global partner the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG). It aims to stimulate conversations and allows people to come to their own conclusions about over-reliance on short-acting beta2 agonists (SABA) to manage asthma.
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.