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International Primary Care Respiratory Group


Our colleagues in the Primary Care Interest Group of EAACI are conducting a survey on the educational needs of primary care practitioners to enable them to diagnose and treat allergic diseases effectively.     Your answers will help to guide the production of free and independent educational resources that meet your needs.    

In recognition of the time and effort you put in,  your email address will be entered in a lottery: the winning two email addresses, drawn at random, will receive free registration to EAACI 2015 to be held in Barcelona. The deadline for submission is 31st July.  The two winners will be informed by mid August by email.

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The background notes explain that allergic diseases, including asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergies, atopic dermatitis and urticaria, are increasing worldwide with 30% to 40% of the population suffering from at least one form of allergy. The medical practitioner likely to be visited by such patients is the primary care clinician. But how confident do you feel to diagnose and treat their allergy? The purpose of this questionnaire is two fold:

1. To discover which aspects of allergy you feel confident to manage and those with which you have difficulties.

2. To determine your educational needs, and how you would prefer to have those educational needs met.  


Click here to start the survey.  


Hilary Pinnock, Chair IPCRG Education Sub-committee

Dermot Ryan,   Chairman, Primary Care Interest Group, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology




To learn more of the successes of IPCRG and our members in 2013 and how we are supporting the global effort to tackle non-communicable respiratory disease and improve primary care management of respiratory conditions click here 

To view our 2012 annual report click here

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

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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,…

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Is your research ready for Singapore?

IPCRG is holding its 4th Scientific Meeting,  the first in Asia Pacific, 29-30 May 2015 at the Riverview Hotel, Singapore.  
  • Abstract submission opens 1 December 2014. 
  • Delegate prices and further details available shortly.


IPCRG 7th World Conference, Athens

  A Breath of Fresh Air:
Multiple Morbidities and Integration

21st – 24th May 2014

If you couldn't make it to the conference

all the information, abstracts and recordings are available below:

Click here to see the final programme and abstracts

Athens on Air: watch again (English and Spanish)


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


Free, monthly independent abstract service available in English and Spanish.

Click here to access the articles in English.

Click here to access the articles in Spanish.


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May 2015

IPCRG 4th Scientific Meeting Singapore

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