15.8 Respiratory Problems

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 15.8, Respiratory Problems, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Respiratory problems are the most common reason for general practice consultation and emergency medical admission to hospital.

Most respiratory illness can be managed in primary care. Asthma accounts for 2-3 per cent of general practice consultations, with 85 per cent of asthma patients managed exclusively in primary care.

Serious causes of respiratory disease kill one in four people in the UK, and account for more deaths than coronary artery disease or non-respiratory cancer.

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in men and women. It requires continuity of care and coordination with other healthcare providers.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Red flags to be aware of in patients presenting with breathlessness, possible causes...

Use LTRA tablets over combination therapy to control asthma, says NICE

Use LTRA tablets over combination therapy to control asthma, says NICE

GP asthma patients struggling to control their symptoms should be given LTRA tablets...

GPs should consider withdrawing inhaled steroids for some COPD patients
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GPs should consider withdrawing inhaled steroids for some COPD patients

Scores of COPD patients at every GP practice in the UK could be taking inhaled steroids...

QOF results are misrepresenting COPD care in primary care, report warns

QOF results are misrepresenting COPD care in primary care, report warns

High QOF scores have provided 'false assurance' on the quality of COPD services in...

Influenza: clinical review
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Influenza: clinical review

The clinical features of influenza, the risk groups for serious illness, plus advice...

Updated BTS/SIGN guideline rules out single test to diagnose asthma

Updated BTS/SIGN guideline rules out single test to diagnose asthma

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network...

Lung cancer: clinical review

Lung cancer: clinical review

The diagnosis and management of lung cancer, including risk factors and indications...

Online breath test aims to diagnose lung problems earlier and reduce workload

Online breath test aims to diagnose lung problems earlier and reduce workload

A campaign encouraging patients to take an online breath test could help millions...

Community lung specialists help GPs to cut COPD burden and save six-figure sums

Community lung specialists help GPs to cut COPD burden and save six-figure sums

GPs could work alongside specialist lung teams in the community to improve respiratory...

NICE urges GPs to restrict antibiotics for bronchiolitis and promote self care

NICE urges GPs to restrict antibiotics for bronchiolitis and promote self care

GPs should arm parents with information so they can self care at home for babies...

Allergic rhinitis: diagnosis and management

Allergic rhinitis: diagnosis and management

The impact of allergic rhinitis, how to take a careful symptom history, investigations...

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