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Type: Clinical resource or information, PCRU Clinical Area: COPD Status: Current

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 Technology and Physiology (ARTP) in spirometry who examined 375 patients in five practices across the county over 9 months.

Time to review: 1 hour
Type: Videos / Webinars Clinical Area: Asthma Status: Current

In association with Sandoz, we are delighted to be hosting this webinar series on asthma care The Journey Begins with the Right Diagnosis

Time to review: 30 minutes
Type: PCRU Clinical Area: Greener Healthcare Status: Current

Air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK every year and both cause and worsen lung disease. While outdoor air pollution may be a topic for governmental policy, we, as healthcare professionals, can take a range of steps to minimise our own contribution to local levels of air pollution, improve the air quality in our places of work and support patients in managing their risk from air pollution in their daily lives.

Time to review: 30 minutes
Type: PCRS Position Statement Clinical Area: Other Status: Current

PCRS have issued a position statement on strategies to care for patients with respiratory disease and frailty in the primary care setting. Frailty is thought to affect around 10% of those aged over 65 years and up to half of those aged over 85 years. The health and social care needs of these vulnerable patients can be complex and require a holistic approach that should involve confirmation of current diagnoses and review of all medications giving consideration to the goals of treatment, likely benefits and likely side effects.

Time to review: 30 minutes

Point-of-care testing of C-reactive protein (CRP) for the acute assessment of worsening symptoms in people known to have COPD can safely reduce the use of antibiotics and could help improve the diagnostic approach towards someone presenting in such a crisis. New high-quality evidence has emerged since the last NICE COPD update and we encourage re-opening and review of the current guideline to enable clinicians and system leaders to understand whether and how to implement this promising diagnostic aid.

Time to review: 1 hour
Type: PCRS Pragmatic Guide Clinical Area: Greener Healthcare, Inhaler devices Status: Current

In this article we discuss how to incorporate environmental considerations when selecting inhaler devices for patients newly diagnosed with respiratory disease. We also consider how to safely change to inhalers with a lower environmental burden when clinically appropriate and how to support patients in making the decision to change.  

Time to review: 30 minutes
Type: Health policy information Clinical Area: Greener Healthcare Status: Current

As of April 2021, regional health and care needs in England will be coordinated through Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) (https://www.england.nhs.uk/integratedcare/what-is-integrated-care/).

Time to review: 15 minutes
Type: Clinical resource or information, Research information Clinical Area: Asthma Status: Current

This Abstract was presented at Pharmacology 2020, 14–18 December.