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 flag symptoms: Respiratory tract infections
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Red flag symptoms: Respiratory tract infections

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NICE asthma guidance 2017: The key points for GPs

NICE asthma guidance 2017: The key points for GPs

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NICE asthma guidance sets out plan to overhaul treatment and diagnosis

NICE asthma guidance sets out plan to overhaul treatment and diagnosis

Long-awaited NICE guidance on asthma has set out plans for a significant overhaul...

Clash between respected asthma guidelines risks confusion for GPs
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Clash between respected asthma guidelines risks confusion for GPs

Significant differences between NICE's new asthma guidance and established 'gold...

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

Asthma in children

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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

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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...

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