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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Delayed NICE guidance on asthma diagnosis may cause problems for GPs

Delayed NICE guidance on asthma diagnosis may cause problems for GPs

NICE guidance on diagnosing asthma could be published this week after nearly five...

GPs left with larger stocks of unused flu vaccine following 2016/17 season
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GPs left with larger stocks of unused flu vaccine following 2016/17 season

Over two fifths of practices were left with unused stocks of flu vaccine at the end...

Nurse-led screening in GP practices boosts early lung cancer and COPD detection

Nurse-led screening in GP practices boosts early lung cancer and COPD detection

A nurse-led screening programme in Liverpool is preventing around two cases of lung...

Asthma in children
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Asthma in children

Respiratory nurse Jane Scullion and GP Dr Steve Holmes outline common symptoms of...

Case study: Asthma exacerbation with heroin use

Case study: Asthma exacerbation with heroin use

The case of an asthma death associated with heroin use.

Hayfever: clinical review

Hayfever: clinical review

Why it is important to diagnose and effectively manage seasonal allergic rhinitis,...

Red flag symptoms: Breathlessness, investigations and when to refer

Red flag symptoms: Breathlessness, investigations and when to refer

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...

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