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International Primary Care Respiratory Group


This open-access online-only multidisciplinary journal will be officially launched at our 7th world conference in Athens, 21-24 May 2014 but is open now for submissions.  

It follows a new publishing partnership between Nature Publishing Group and the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK. For more information http://www.nature.com/npjpcrm


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"The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) very much looks forward to working alongside Primary Care Respiratory Society UK with Nature Publishing Group to raise the profile of respiratory research that reflects and is of value to real-life primary care. Our research and clinical networks reach primary care in all four continents and we believe that Nature's global reach will stretch and strengthen them," Associate Professor Niels Chavannes, President IPCRG.

Aziz Sheikh and Paul Stephenson will continue as Editors in Chief, supported by the current team of editors as well as the international Editorial Board. They will continue to ensure that the best original research papers are at the core of the journal.  The journal will publish high-quality research in all areas of the primary care management of respiratory and respiratory-related allergic diseases.  The March 2014 edition of the PCRJ will be the final hard copy edition of the journal.

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine is part of a new series, Nature Partner Journals.  For more information on Nature Partner Journals go to http://www.nature.com/content/NPJ/index.html

The National Asthma Council Australia has just published the Australian Asthma Handbook. It provides evidence-based, practical guidance for health professionals diagnosing and managing asthma in adults and children in primary care. First published in 1990, initially as the Asthma Management Plan and then as the Asthma Management Handbook, the Handbook is now in 7th version.  It sets the standard for best-practice asthma management in Australia by being comprehensive and user-friendly, and emphasising a team approach to asthma care. The Handbook was developed with input from the whole primary care team in multidisciplinary working groups and an overarching Guidelines Committee, which was chaired by a general practitioner. The Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE II) instrument was used as a benchmark for developing guidance.

The Handbook is accompanied by a quick reference guide. The Handbook and the quick reference guide are available at: http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/

For more information about other national guidelines for chronic lung conditions across 21 countries, see the IPCRG mapping at: Mapping of national guidelines used by primary care

Our UNLOCK validation study Primary Care COPD Patients Compared with Large Pharmaceutically-Sponsored COPD Studies (LPCS) has been published in PLOS ONE. The study evaluated the external validity of six LPCS (ISOLDE, TRISTAN, TORCH, UPLIFT, ECLIPSE, POET-COPD) on which current guidelines are based. It found that primary care COPD patients stand out from patients enrolled in LPCS in terms of gender, lung function, quality of life and exacerbations. It concluded more research is needed to determine the effect of pharmacological treatment in mild to moderate patients and encourages future guideline makers to involve primary care populations in their recommendations.

The study authors are Annemarije L. Kruis, Björn Ställberg, Rupert C. M. Jones, Ioanna G. Tsiligianni, Karin Lisspers, Thys van der Molen, Janwillem H. Kocks, Niels H. Chavannes. View the study at http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0090145

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Wiley KE et al. Med J Aust. 2013 Apr 15;198(7):373-5.   An Australian study investigated the factors influencing vaccination rates in pregnant women. Women who received a clear doctor’s recommendation to get vaccinated were 20 times more likely to do so than those who did not receive a recommendation. Nevertheless, overall only 42% of the study population received such a recommendation while only 27% were vaccinated.…
  Freed GL et al. Pediatrics. 2011 May;127 Suppl 1:S107-12. Epub 2011 Apr 18. A study performed in the US in 2009 investigated the degree of influence of different information sources on parental confidence in the safety of the flu vaccine. Over  1500 parents of children aged 17 years or younger participated in the study by answering an internet questionnaire. 76% of the parents answered that they rely strongly on information supplied by their pediatrician,…
Bradley JS et al. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Oct;53(7):e25-76. Epub 2011 Aug 31.   In 2011 the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America published guidelines for treatment of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) in infants and children aged over 3 months. The guidelines include a clear recommendation to vaccinate all infants aged above 6 months and all children and adolescents against the flu every year, in order to prevent CAP.…
Fraaij PL et al. Vaccine. 2011 Oct 6;29(43):7524-8. Epub 2011 Aug 4.   Rates of seasonal flu are usually high amongst children: 20-30% of the overall population of children and up to 50% of children in daycare contract flu every year. Children with cardiac, respiratory and neurological diseases have a high risk of severe flu and flu-related mortality. Despite low overall mortality rates in the general population of children,…
Hambidge et al. JAMA. 2006 Oct 25;296(16):1990-7. In the largest population-based study of its type in the US, over 45,000 infants aged 6-23 months, who received inactivated influenza vaccine between 1991 and 2003 were included. Medically attended events after flu vaccination were reviewed for 4 different time periods, and compared with 2 control time periods. All diagnostic codes were checked.…
Flood EM et al. Clin Ther. 2010 Aug;32(8):1448-67. Despite the CDC recommendations to vaccinate children aged 6 months to 18 years against the flu every year, the vaccination rates in this population remain disappointingly low. A recent study investigated the factors influencing parental decisions regarding vaccination of children aged 2-12 years.   The sample included 500 parents who were asked, among other things,…
Mortality rates rise when children aren’t vaccinated Reichert TA et al. N Engl J Med. 2001 Mar 22;344(12):889-96.  While mortality rates from influenza and its complications have remained relatively stable over 40 years in the United States, the situation is markedly different in Japan. From 1962-1987 most of the children in Japan were vaccinated against influenza and influenza mortality rates for these years were similar to those in the US.…
Fell DB et al. Am J Public Health. 2012 Jun;102(6):e33-40. Epub 2012 Apr 19. A Canadian study, based on a database that included 55,570 women who gave birth during the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic, investigated the effect of the vaccination on their babies.  42% of them were vaccinated against H1N1 during the second or third trimester. Vaccinated mothers had lower chances of delivering small for gestational age babies, pre-term birth and fetal mortality compared to unvaccinated women.…

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IPCRG 7th World Conference, Athens

 A Breath of Fresh Air:
Multiple Morbidities and Integration

21st – 24th May 2014

Abstract Submission is now closed. Late breaking abstracts opened on 3rd Feb 2014. Closing date 22nd April.

 Registration is available here


Making the case for primary care in the ERS White Book launched Sept 2013 written by IPCRG President Niels Chavannes and Executive Officer Sian Williams

To view online click here

The Primary Care Respiratory Journal (PCRJ) is our peer-reviewed and Medline-listed journal and that of the UK group Primary Care Respiratory Society-UK (PCRS-UK).  PCRJ has now been selected by Thomson Reuters ISI for inclusion in its Web-of-science citation index listing and has therefore been awarded an Impact factor. Our first Impact factor will be included in the 2012 citation data which will be available mid-2013The PCRJ now offers full HTML text of all articles published since January 2012 and free pdfs.  Key stats:

  • Average time from submission to first decision = 21 days
  • Average time from submission to final decision = 28 days
  • Manuscript acceptance rate: currently 25-30%
  • Impact Factor 2.19 (2012)
  • Respiratory journals: ranked 30/50
  • Primary Health Care journals: ranked 2/17


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