International Primary Care Respiratory Group is leading an international pilot to explore how to use social movement approaches to create a desire for change in the management of asthma. Our hunch is that there is a relatively high degree of comfort with the status quo, which means there is not much "noise" about the need for change.  And yet those in the IPCRG network know that there is a real need for improvement and we need to disrupt that thinking.

Our priority, in the first phase, is in getting conversations started about the over-reliance on short-acting beta2 agonists (SABAs). We have been testing how to trigger these between patients, pharmacists, GPs, nurses and others involved in front line care.  We have aimed to create a sense of discomfort and dissatisfaction 

We set up a multi-national Delivery Team from four pilot countries, Canada, Portugal, Spain and the UK that includes patients, pharmacists, GPs and nurses who have been helping us create resources - some of which are featured on this page.   Each pilot has run its own "design charrette" to take these prototypes, test them, adapt them, and suggest additional approaches.  

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Video showing the Asthma Right Care Slide Rule and Question Cards in action


Asthma Right Care at Conferences

Slides from the symposium 31st May 2018 - IPCRG Porto

2018-05-31 Asthma Right Care symposium.pptx

WHO-GARD Helsinki - 1st September 2018 

Jaime Correia de Sousa will be presenting on Asthma Right Care

EUROPREV Workshop Porto - November 2018

A short version of the Asthma Right Care symposium 

Asthma Right Care Slide Rule Guidance Notes

Literature on Social Movements in Health Care

NESTA.  Health as a Social Movement: The Power of People in Movements. 2016.  Download here.

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (2009) The Power of One, The Power of Many: What Health and Healthcare Improvement Can Learn from Social Movements. Download here

Ganz M (2010) Leading Change: Leadership, Organization, and Social Movements in Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice, Nohria N and Khurana R (eds), Chapter 19, HBS Press.  Download here.

Battilano J, Casciaro T, (2013), The network secrets of the great change agents Harvard Business Review, July-August.  Download here.

Asthma Right Care Slide Rule



GRESP Asthma Right Care

Asthma Right Care Question & Challenge Cards

Spanish video showing conversation between patient and clinician