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IPCRG is holding its 4th Scientific Meeting,  the first in Asia Pacific, May 28th (evening), 29th all day and 30th half day including lunch 2015 at the Riverview Hotel, Singapore.  

  • Abstract submission opens 1 December 2014; closes 8 March 2015
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McDonnell J, Correia de Sousa J, Baxter N, Pinnock H, Roman-Rodriquez M, van der Molen T, Williams S.

Building capacity to improve respiratory care: the education strategy of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group 2014–2020.

Npj Prim Care Respir Med

Abstract: Significant attention has been given to the global burden of noncommunicable diseases including respiratory diseases and the potential of primary care to address this challenge. The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) has a potentially significant role to build capacity through research and education in a complex global network with varying degrees of capability. In this paper we outline a comprehensive strategy, which revisits the IPCRG’s educational role, our aims, audiences and approach in this context. The paper was developed through a collaborative process involving experts in global health, primary care and respiratory education, leading to a consensus educational strategy statement. This is further informed by a review of recent trends in continuing medical education. Professional education and training of health-care workers is a core component of the global response to the challenge of managing respiratory conditions in primary care. This paper offers a revised strategy for building capacity and improving clinical practice in IPCRG member countries by revisiting and broadening our aims, exploring the key audiences, focus and approaches.

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The journal is the only fully indexed scientific journal devoted to the management of respiratory diseases in primary care. It is the official journal of the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group.

As of July 2014 the journals impact factor increased to 2.909 making it #2 in Primary Health Care and #21 in Respiratory.


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