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2020 GOLD report

The 2020 Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) COPD Report has been released – an update of the 2019 GOLD COPD Report. It is an evidence-based strategy document for COPD diagnosis, management and prevention, with citations from the scientific literature. Click the link below to download the full report.



NCEPOD pulmonary embolism report 2019

This report from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) is a review of the quality of care provided to patients aged over 16 years who have a pulmonary embolus managed in hospital. The document also details key information for healthcare professionals working in primary care who will come into contact with…
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NCEPOD pulmonary embolism report 2019

This report from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) is a review of the quality of care provided to patients aged over 16 years with a new diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Despite advances in the ability to prevent, diagnose and treat acute pulmonary embolism (PE) it remains an important cause of…
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Asthma UK – making the most of your pharmacist

Pharmacists are, for most patients, the most accessible healthcare professionals. Yet many patients with chronic conditions are unaware of all the ways that they can support them. Below are some resources from Asthma UK, which you can share with your patients to help them understand how you can support them with their condition. Make the…
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Drivers of Breathlessness

Breathlessness is a debilitating symptom of chronic respiratory disease that negatively impacts on patients’ quality of life and wellbeing. Its management is challenging and does not guarantee good symptom control. Anna Spathis and her team at the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service have developed the ‘Breathing, Thinking, Functioning’ model for breathlessness. It helps frame understanding of…
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ILD series part 1: identification and patient referral

This first video in the series will focus on the identification of interstitial lung disease and the process of patient referral. By the end of the video you should be able to: Identify the causes of different types of ILD Describe how to take a medical history to identify the possible causes of ILD Describe…
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ILD series part 2: diagnosis and testing

This second video in the series is centred on diagnosis and testing. By the end of the video you should be able to: Outline how ILD is reviewed and investigated in secondary care, including: Lung function tests Blood tests for autoimmune disease Bronchoalveolar lavage Biopsy Explain the importance of monitoring disease progression Explain how ILD…
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ILD series part 3: treatment options and considerations

This video will focus on the treatment options and considerations in interstitial lung disease. Identify treatment options for inflammatory-type ILD Understand the different treatment considerations for inflammatory and fibrotic forms of ILD Identify non-drug treatments and other therapies for ILD In addition to the video we have a number of downloadable materials for you to…
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ILD series part 4: end of life care

This final video in the series is focused on end of life care. By the end of this video you should be able to: Outline the impact of ILD on life expectancy in patients with a diagnosis of ILD Identify appropriate palliative care for symptom control and when to consider: Oxygen therapy Opiates Benzodiazepines Describe…
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PCRS Essential guide to spirometry

This resource was originally published in the Spring 2019 issue of PCRU. This handy resource from PCRS gives a breakdown of the essential information you need to know in order to perform and interpret spirometry in primary care. What is spirometry? Who should undertake spirometry? What are the training options and how much do they…
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