Dear Colleagues 
We look forward to meeting you at the IPCRG World Conference in Porto. The conference starts on 31st May and ends on 2nd June 2018. 
IPCRG member countries and partners are engaged in a wide range of educational initiatives and activities related to respiratory diagnosis, treatment and management in primary care settings, which involves different audiences - patients, healthcare professionals and communities. There is an wide range of teaching and learning approaches on offer to address this need - this includes traditional lectures, case based learning programmes and increasingly, online and technology based education packages. 
If you are involved in primary care respiratory education, we have a number of events which will be of interest:
  • The first IPCRG education/research network meeting will take place from 8.00am - 9.00am on Saturday 2nd June 2018. In this meeting we will give an overview of the IPCRG education strategy and we’ll hear from two colleagues who are leading innovative educational initiatives. Catalina Panaitescu has been leading a programme to build capacity for education and treatment of tobacco dependence in Romania which is part of an IPCRG Teach the Teacher programme funded by Global Bridges.  Derek Forde is an GP trainer from Ireland, who is testing a model to teach students and clinicians new to COPD the key points for their practice.  These two presentations will be followed by a discussion about the value,  challenges and limitations in primary care education and in particular how we can demonstrate its short and long term impact; we will also explore how IPCRG can develop its education network and how members can take an active role in the network.   Please join us, join in the discussion, and meet others involved in teaching and learning. 
  • In a new collaboration between IPCRG and the Public Health Foundation India (PHFI) we are pleased to announce a 'sensitisation workshop' for those who want to develop an in-country Certificate Course in COPD-Asthma for primary care physicians (CCCA). The primary objective of the Certificate Course is to enhance the knowledge, skills and core competencies of Primary Care Physicians in the management of COPD and Asthma.  “CCCA is a unique course in terms of evidence-based learning, with an up-to-date curriculum and inputs from national experts and a regional faculty, on-the-job training, and a robust monitoring & supervision strategy”  The duration of the Certificate Course is 8 months, with a once-a-month contact session, which is scheduled on a designated weekend at regional centres. The language is English. This workshop will prepare colleagues to set up an in-country CCCA programme with full access to the processes and all materials. The workshop will take place from 9.00am - 11.30am on Saturday 2nd June 2018.  Please contact Juliet McDonnell to register.  It will be a great opportunity to learn from a country with an enormous burden of chronic respiratory disease how it has set about achieving universal coverage.  PHFI delivers a wide range of programmes (see a Lancet Diabetes  & Endocrinology editorial on its Diabetes programme) and has shared its programmes with other governments such as Nepal and Bhutan.

Throughout the conference programme there are a range of presentations and posters on education projects.
Highlights include:  
  • Feasibility of conducting an internet-based Spirometry training for health care workers in Uganda: The Fresh Air Horizon 2020 experience;
  • Teaching and learning about respiratory disease in primary health care in Portugal: A Delphi study;
  • Asthma Best Practice (ABP): A national asthma education program changing primary health care practice;
  • An implementation strategy for a midwife-led education programme of biomass smoke reduction among pregnant women and postnatal mothers in Uganda;
  • Efficacy of an Educational Intervention in the Sustained Improvement of Inhalation Technique;
  • REducing Delay through edUcation on eXacerbations (REDUX) in patients with COPD;
  • Effectiveness of different interventions in the education of COPD patients about inhaler technique;
  • Effectiveness of 2x2-hour traditional lectures and case methods in Swedish GPs' continuing medical education about COPD: a cluster randomized controlled trial;
  • Delivering internet-based spirometry training for health care workers in four countries: The FRESH AIR H2020 experience;
  • The effect on knowledge and practice of training rural health care workers in treating asthma in children under five.  A FRESH AIR study.
The conference app will be available from May 1st and you will be able to create your own itinerary: education presentations and abstracts are tagged Education!
We look forward to meeting you in Porto.  Join us as we share strategies to improve teaching and learning for global respiratory health.
Prof Hilary Pinnock
Chair, IPCRG Education Committee 


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