In this feature from the Spring 2018 issue of Primary Care Respiratory Update, Dr Stephen Holmes discusses a case history of a presentation of mesothelioma.
Second Opinion. Your respiratory questions answered… This question was posted by a PCRS-UK member and is answered by Dr Iain Small and Dr Vince Mak. Question I attended the PCRS conference in 2016 and there was a presentation by a Physician who was talking about the use of blood eosinophil count as a useful criteria for inhaled corticosteroids use in patients with COPD.
This guide provides an algorithm to identify people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who might benefit from ICS treatment and those in whom it may not be appropriate, and an approach to withdrawing ICS in patients in whom it is not needed. The guide has been adapted for UK use with permission from the IPCRG.
In this article from PCRU Spring 2017 Fran Robinson interviews Barbara Preston, a member of the PCRS Lay Reference Group, who had bronchiectasis as a child but was not diagnosed until she was an adult, the article illustrates how this delay to diagnosis impacts on the patient.
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 due to differences between current national UK guidelines.
Primary Care Respiratory Update produces a regular feature article where we explore how healthcare professionals can support self-management in a range of conditions. These include:-
People living with respiratory disease require a significant amount of support, guidance and intervention to manage their condition effectively. These interventions should be delivered by clinicians with an appropriate level of expertise in this field.
An excerpt from the December 2016 issue of Primary Care Respiratory Update with Bronwen Thompson in discussion with Monica Fletcher, Chief Executive, Education for Health and PCRS-UK members Dr Stephen Gaduzo and Judith Lawrence on the new certification scheme which aims to raise standards of spirometry for respiratory diagnosis
Fran Robinson talks to Dr Kevin Gruffydd-Jones about how to best manage respiratory tract infections in primary care and how careful decisions can be made when prescribing antibiotics. This article was first published in the December 2015 Primary Care Respiratory Update