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Type: Clinical resource or information Clinical Area: COVID-19 Status: Current

Although the virus has been devastating for so many, it has also accelerated development and adoption of technology across many areas of the healthcare system. It has also highlighted challenges and opportunities as we move into a post-pandemic world.

Time to review: 30 minutes

Spirometry, a test used to measure and monitor lung function, is an important component of the diagnosis, management and monitoring of respiratory conditions in primary care. Spirometry should be delivered and interpreted by healthcare professionals who have met the criteria and are included in the Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology (ARTP) National Register of Certified Spirometry Professionals and Operators hosted by the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).

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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.

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

Noel Baxter PCRS Policy Lead and Tracey Lonergan PCRS Policy Coordinator.

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Type: Clinical resource or information, PCRU Clinical Area: Winter Wrapped Status: Current

Clare Cook Physiotherapist, Clinical Lead of a community respiratory team in Bristol, member of PCRS Executive Committee and Chair of the PCRS Respiratory Leadership Group in conversation with Dr Elaine Bevan-Smith Associate COPD Specialist South West of England Academic Health Science Network and founder of the Breathe happy groups.

Time to review: 30 minutes
Type: Clinical resource or information, PCRU Clinical Area: COPD, Winter Wrapped Status: Current

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) has been included as a key intervention in the NHS Long Term Plan. However the PR audit1 showed that only 62% of people referred go on to complete the course. Moreover, the greatest attrition in the referral process occurs between referral to first contact with PR. So how can referrers and practitioners who run courses communicate the benefits of PR to patients?

Time to review: 30 minutes
Type: Clinical resource or information Clinical Area: Greener Healthcare Status: Current

An estimated 1.2 million people are living with COPD in the UK1 and research suggests that this number is growing (BLF 2020). Both external and internal environments can be implicated in the aetiology and control of respiratory conditions and people living with COPD are especially vulnerable to exacerbations brought on by poor air quality. PHE estimates that between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths in the UK are thought to be attributable to human-made air pollution (PHE 2019).

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In this summary document Dr Noel Baxter describes tobacco dependency as a long term relapsing condition that usually starts in childhood.  In the document he outlines simple steps you can take to support patients to quit including Very Brief Advce (VBA) and he outlines the treatments available to support smoking cessation.