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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.  

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This short document  introduces the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) to colleagues unfamiliar with our work in low and middle income countries and also describes our ambitions.  

As you know, the IPCRG has worked with colleagues from Bangladesh and Pakistan from our early days. As a result of our collaboration we learned a great deal about population respiratory care needs and health systems in low income countries. We now also work with colleagues in a much larger range of middle and low income countries including Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, FYR Macedonia, Chile, Brazil Viet Nam, Sri Lanka, India as well as those not listed by the World Bank as low or middle income but in financial crisis.   In addition, we believe our first scientific meeting in Asia Pacific, in Singapore May 2015, will open up new connections and possibilities in Asia Pacific countries such as China, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and Malaysia. 

This paper describes how we do this and illustrates some  "showing by doing" examples. 

This is all the more important given the World Health Organization's Global Action Plan to reduce avoidable mortality by 25% by 2025 when COPD is predicted to be the world's third largest cause of death and many of those deaths will be in LMICs. 

 We also attach two posters from our FRESH AIR programme presented at the Union conference this autumn. FRESH AIR was developed in Viet Nam, and is now running in Uganda and Kyrgyzstan and soon to be launched in India (see http://www.theipcrg.org/display/RES/FRESH+AIR)

We hope you enjoy reading. 

DOI: 10.1038/npjpcrm.2014.100

Authors: Jesper Lykkegaard

The risk to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) of death or readmission to hospital increases if GP practices conduct home visits to too high or too low a proportion of them, according to a study published online this week in npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. The lowest risk of readmission or death was found for GP practices that conducted home visits for 20-30% of COPD patients in the year before they are first admitted to hospital. Jesper Lykkegaard and colleagues conducted a study in Denmark of 14,425 patients with COPD over the age of 45 who were hospitalised for the first time between 2006 and 2008. The authors found that when GPs visited more than 60% of their COPD patients in the year before hospitalisation, their patients had the highest risk of readmission or death 30 days after they left hospital.  The authors suggest that GPs may be unable to run some laboratory tests during home visits which might increase confidence in treatment outside hospital. Without these tests, the likelihood of readmission may increase. Meanwhile, they also found there was an almost equivalent risk when GP practices visited none of their  patients with COPD. 

Clearly further studies are required to investigate how home visits may affect a patient’s risk of readmission. Meanwhile, the authors urge that a practice’s tendency to conduct home visits should not be used as an indicator of its ability to prevent COPD hospital readmission,  and visits should not be refused when requested. 

To access the paper at the npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, please click here 


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IPCRG Receives Global Recognition for Tobacco Dependence Treatment 


IPCRG has been awarded one of the first Global Bridges awards in low and middle income countries.  Work starts in November in Masindi, Uganda on a tobacco dependence education programme in the context of lung health.


For more information see the Fresh Air Uganda page

FRESH AIR in India

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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

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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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