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The IPCRG is pleased to offer some free new desktop helpers (2 sides of A4 practical guidance) for primary care clinicians.

  • Improving care for women with COPD
  • Personalised care: adults with asthma
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the community


And also two position papers (calls to action) 

  • Making the Case for Personalised Care for Adults with Asthma
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) helps people breathe better, feel good, and do more: Why you should invest in PR for your population


These are available in English, and some in Spanish and Portuguese (other languages will follow).

We also have films with volunteer patients and clinician sharing how they have a conversation about pulmonary rehabilitation (as many people never get offered it, or don't turn up once referred).  Available at www.ipcrg.org/PR
 

Patients may also find these materials helpful, and most involved patients in the writing, but as we are first and foremost a charity for primary care professionals, we are aiming primarily at our audience. 
 
These and the other desktop helpers are available at www.ipcrg.org/desktophelpers
 
Information about our programme FRESH AIR in low and middle income countries including new education material approved by the Ministry of Health in Uganda is available at www.ipcrg.org/freshair and https://www.theipcrg.org/freshair/work-packages/wp-6-protecting-and-improving-lung-health-in-infancy-and-childhood-midwife-led-smoke-reduction-study

For those colleagues attending the conference you will find copies in your conference bag.  If you want more, please come to the IPCRG desk to collect them.  
 
They are also free to download from our conference app: download by following this link.
 
 
 
Jaime Correia de Sousa, MD, PhD
President of the IPCRG



IPCRG has issued a new Desktop Helper on providing personalised care to adults with asthma to coincide with World Asthma Day.  The Desktop Helper provides practical advice for clinicians working in primary care.  Personalised care identifies what is most important to each person and ensures that they receive care designed for their individual needs and preferences. By providing personalised care, clinicians can support patients to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health.  This is particularly important as evidence shows that patients’ ability to manage their asthma has a major impact on their outcomes including asthma control, exacerbations, hospital admissions and quality of life.

IPCRG developed the Desktop Helper  with primary care experts with experience of asthma care, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists, health economists and patients.    It is available at www.ipcrg.org/personalisation.  GlaxoSmithKline funded the experience-led care meeting, writing & production.

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of Dr Luis Alves, Chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee for the 9th IPCRG World Conference & 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting, I invite you to register for our world conference taking place in Porto from the 31 May - 2 June 2018.

Our conference theme is Respiratory Health: Adding Value in a Resource Constrained World and our faculty comprises international teachers and trainers acknowledged to be amongst the best in the world.

We have worked hard with a team of primary care colleagues to produce a programme that addresses many of the issues you face daily. Whether your interest is in asthma, COPD, breathlessness, research methodology or you want to learn more about tuberculosis or lung cancer, we hope the wide range of sessions available will keep you interested and engaged.  Our ambitious programme is outlined in more detail on the conference website though I have selected a few highlights below:

  • Professor Shawn Aaron is a Professor and a Senior Scientist in Ottawa, Canada. Shawn is a respirologist with special research and clinical interests in COPD, asthma and cystic fibrosis. His research has focused on investigating acute pulmonary exacerbations of these diseases and we are delighted that he is joining us in Porto.
  • From the local University of Porto, Professor Henrique Barros, Professor of Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine as well as President of the Institute of Public Health and President of the International Epidemiological Association.
  • Many of you will have heard of Professor Jean Bousquet, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Montpellier in France and a leading world expert on allergy. Jean was Chairman of the WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases until 2013 and is co-coordinator of the Action Plan B3 of the European Innovative Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
  • We are also delighted to welcome Harry Campbell, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Edinburgh as well as Co-Director of the Global Health Unit on Respiratory Health and an expert in childhood infection in low income countries.
  • Professor Lara Fairall has also accepted our invitation and she is an implementation scientist and head of the Knowledge Translation Unit at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute.
  • Professor Helen Reddel, a Research Leader at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research at the University of Sydney. She is current Chair of the Science Committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and we are delighted she is joining us from Australia.

This is not an exhaustive list and more detailed information on ALL speakers is on the conference website. The conference offers something for everyone concerned with improving the care of people with respiratory conditions, whatever role you play!

As we are in Porto, the Ibero-American track programme is in Portuguese and we are offering simultaneous translation from English to Portuguese in the main plenary sessions.

To register and to find out more information about the conference and the beautiful city of Porto, please visit our conference website – www.ipcrg2018.org where you will also find travel and accommodation options.

The conference emphasises interaction between participants allowing time for discussion ensuring an outstanding educational experience for everybody. Please book now to ensure you can sign up for the sessions you want to attend! The conference is always popular, and we are hoping for over 800 healthcare professionals with an interest in respiratory care.

I look forward to welcoming you to Porto next month.

Many thanks for your support.

 

Dr Luís Amorim Alves, Chair, Scientific Programme Committee

 

 

  

Dear Colleagues,

 

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to register for the 9th IPCRG World Conference and 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting taking place in Porto, Portugal. The conference is at the Alfândega Congress Centre and begins on Thursday 31 May 2018 at 1200hrs, finishing on Saturday 2 June 2018 at 1315hrs.

 

We are delighted already with the response to the conference - we had a 30% increase in the number of abstracts that were submitted demonstrating the great work that is taking place in primary care. This has further strengthened our comprehensive and ambitious programme which contains something for every family doctor and primary care led healthcare professional with an interest in respiratory medicine.

 

There is further information on the programme with details of how to register please click here. Whether your interest is in Asthma, COPD, Breathlessness, Research Methodology or you want to learn more about Tuberculosis or Lung Cancer, the filters on the programme pages of the website demonstrate the wide range of sessions available allowing you to select the sessions that appeal most. In May we are launching the conference App that will help you build your personalised schedule.

 

Taking precious time away from your practice can only be justified if you gain from the experience both educationally and socially. We have worked hard with a team of primary care colleagues to produce a programme that addresses many of the issues you face daily. The theme of the conference is Respiratory Health: Adding Value in a Resource Constrained World. Opening the conference is Professor Rafael Bengoa from Bilboa.  Professor Bengoa practiced in both primary and secondary care and he leads a strong international faculty, that will educate and inspire you whatever your interest in respiratory medicine and whatever role you do with patients.

 

Delegates will attend from all over the world and we are offering a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who are working hard to improve the care they are offering people with respiratory conditions.

 

An Ibero-American track runs throughout the programme in Portuguese. Whilst the official language of the conference is English, there will always be a session available either in Portuguese or simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Porto, Portugal's second city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site characterised by medieval townhouses, gothic palaces and baroque churches. Porto was deservedly voted the best European Destination in 2017 and is served by 23 different airlines with many budget airlines offering a regular, inexpensive flight service. There is a great deal to do and see in Porto that will both thrill and surprise you!

Further information about travel, accommodation and visa requirements can be found at www.ipcrg2018.org.

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto in May as we share learning, network with colleagues old and new and take the opportunity to re-fresh our thinking about how we deliver the best respiratory care possible to our patients in primary care.

 

Best wishes,

Dr Luis Alves

 

 

 
 

 

Dear colleague 

 
We are delighted to offer you a new desktop helper on Improving care for women with COPD: guidance for primary care.  Written by two IPCRG family physician colleagues, Drs Ioanna Tsiligianni, and Miguel Roman Rodriguez, and reviewed by a number of colleagues from a range of countries, it summarises the differences between the profile of men and women with COPD, what to look for, and how to treat.  It features women in low, middle and high income countries, and their potential exposures to tobacco and other occupational and non-occupational causes. 

We are very grateful to the team who produced such a succinct and practical overview and to Novartis Pharma AG that funded the literature review, typesetting, printing and associated costs.
With my very best wishes
Jaime Correia de Sousa
President 
IPCRG
Dear IPCRG Colleague,
 
Congratulations to IPCRG colleagues on ERS election
 
We are delighted to announce that Board director Janwillem Kocks and previous President and active member of GRAP Spain, Miguel Román Rodriquez, have been elected as the leaders of European Respiratory Society (ERS) General Practice and Primary Group (1.05): Janwillem as Chair and Miguel as Secretary. 
 
Miguel is a key member of our planning team for Porto, designing a strong Ibéro-American track within our comprehensive and ambitious primary care focused programme. Further details about the 9th World Conference & 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting being held in Porto from 31 May to 2 June 2018, can be found at www.ipcrg2018.org.
 
Abstract Deadline: Sunday 28 January 2018

A key part of all IPCRG conferences is the opportunity for the global primary care respiratory community to share the work they are doing and data they are collecting with colleagues.  Please remember that there are only 4 days left before the deadline of midnight GMT on Sunday 28 January 2018 to submit an abstract of your work.
 
We accept 3 different types of abstracts: 1) Applied Clinical Research/Implementation Science, 2) Quality Improvement/Service Development and 3) Research Ideas on Respiratory Conditions and Tobacco Dependence.
 
You can submit your abstract by following this link. A guide to abstract submission is available on our conference website.
 
The conference Early Bird Rate ends on 28 January 2018.  This discounted rate will be held until 30 April for successful Lead Abstract Authors. Abstract Authors will be informed of the outcome of their submission by 19 February 2018.
 
Follow us on Twitter @ipcrg2018 & Facebook at ipcrg2018 
 
With my very best wishes,

Dr Luis Alves
Chairman Scientific Programme Committee
 

 
Dear IPCRG Colleague
 
There are only 4 days remaining to submit an abstract for our 9th World Conference &  1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting taking place in Porto, 31 May – 2 June 2018.  Our reviewers are ready and waiting and there will be no extension available so please ensure you meet the deadline of midnight GMT on Sunday 28th January 2018.
 
Remember, we accept 3 different types of abstracts: Clinical Research Results, Implementation Science / Service Development and Research Ideas on Respiratory Conditions and Tobacco Dependence.  A guide to abstract submission is also available on our conference website.  See www.ipcrg2018.org for further details.
 
Follow us on Twitter @ipcrg2018 & Facebook at ipcrg2018 
With my very best wishes,

Dr Luis Alves
Chairman Scientific Programme Committee

 
Dear IPCRG colleague
 
We hope everyone had an enjoyable festive break and wish you all a very happy & healthy 2018.
 
Our 9th IPCRG World Conference & 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting in Porto is now just 5 months away. The conference starts on the 31 May and ends on 2 June 2018. Please join us in Porto as we strive to improve global respiratory health together.
 
Abstract submission and registration is open and further details can be found at www.ipcrg2018.org.  The deadline for abstract submission and to qualify for Early Bird registration fees is Sunday 28 January 2018 so please submit your abstracts before then!
 
We accept 3 different types of abstracts: 1) Applied Clinical Research/Implementation Science, 2) Quality Improvement/Service Development and 3) Research Ideas on Respiratory Conditions and Tobacco Dependence.  A guide to abstract submission is on our conference website where you will also find details of our ambitious and comprehensive primary care focused programme. Please visit www.ipcrg2018.org for more information, including travel and visa requirements.
 
You can also follow us on Twitter @ipcrg2018 & Facebook at ipcrg2018
Look forward to seeing you all in Porto.

With my very best wishes,
 
Dr Luis Alves  
Chairman Scientific Programme Committee

Dear All 

I am delighted to announce the appointment of two new directors to the IPCRG Board: Professor Khoo Ee Ming, Professor of Family Medicine from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Mr Etienne Jap Tjoen San, strategy consultant, from the Netherlands.  They have volunteered to join the Board to strengthen our strategic and fundraising capability, and our understanding of developing primary care respiratory clinicians and researchers in Asia.

You will have an opportunity to meet them at our 9th World Conference/1st Ibero-American conference in Porto 31 May-2 June.  Look out for the e-alert about this.

We also extend our thanks to Dr Beraki Ghezai, Norway, who has now stood down as director, for his contribution to the Board, in particular in supporting membership development.

Research sub-committee

With the new chair, Dr Rachel Jordan, we have begun to implement revised terms of reference for this committee, and welcome Drs Janwillem Kocks, clinical researcher and Chris Newby, statistician,  as new members, and Drs Esther Metting and Andy Dickens as observers.

We will be sending news shortly about the launch of two new networks for primary care respiratory researchers.

For an overview of research activities go here:

For latest news on FRESH AIR, go here

Education sub-committee

This is also beginning to implement revised terms of reference and we welcome Dr Luis Alves as a new member, and thank Dr John Fardy and Prof Nick Zwar for their long service and wise advice.

Full lists of all Board and committee members can be found here 

The IPCRG is engaged in some exciting education initiatives at present, including implementation of a Teach the Teacher programme in Eastern Europe on treating tobacco dependence, funded by Global Bridges.    Our expert faculty has run a Teach the Teacher meeting with teams of five teachers from four countries.  These teachers are now preparing or have run a national teach the teacher meeting, and will then cascade their learning on Very Brief Advice to primary care.   For an update on Romania see our latest tweet here

We have also been providing expert clinical advice to https://www.respiratoryxchange.com/ - see 6 asthma case studies here developed by our team of Dr Jaime  Correia de Sousa, Prof Hilary Pinnock, and Dr Noel Baxter as well as many other infographics and material you may wish to use here

Our latest collaborations, presentations and workshops with WONCA are all available here including presentations for download.  Thanks to our 2017 team of Drs Miguel Roman, Ioanna Tsiligianni, Jaime Correia de Sousa, Rui Costa, Sonia Martins and to Jim Reid for coordination.

We are also preparing two sets of materials for you to use and share: 

Resources on pulmonary rehabilitation: please go here to download the new Desktop helper, and find many other practical and inspiring resources on how to set up pulmonary rehabilitation in the community and how to refer using the ask, advise and act approach.  A position paper is at review stage and will be available shortly.  A big thanks to  Boehringer Ingelheim, who funded the experience-led care meeting, writing and production. IPCRG is totally responsible for the meeting and drafting.

Personalised care in asthma: a desktop helper, position paper and set of teaching slides will be available next year. Thanks to all those who attended a recent experience-led care meeting, chaired by Prof Steph Taylor. See everyone here. We appreciate financial support from GlaxoSmithKlein, who are funding the meeting, writing and production.  IPCRG is totally responsible for the meeting and drafting.

Journal news

Finally, our journal, npgPCRM, has assembled a special collection of articles here for Respiratory Care Week 22-28 October 2017, which raises awareness for improving lung health around the world.  In support of this important mission we've assembled a special collection of articles, highlighting key research from npj Primary Care Respiratory MedicineClick here to view the special collection. 

GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY—50% Discount for IPCRG Members:

As an official partner of the journal, a special 50% discount on the article processing charge is available for IPCRG members. The discounted rate is also available to those who have presented an abstract or poster at an IPCRG conference within the previous year, if an article for which they are the corresponding author is accepted for publication within the journal.

Nature Research offers an article processing charge support service to make it easier for authors to discover and apply for open access funding - visit our website to learn more.

 

SPECIAL COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS 

Raising awareness of bronchiectasis in primary care: overview of diagnosis and management strategies in adults
James D. Chalmers & Sanjay Sethi

Smoke-free legislation and child health
Timor Faber, Jasper V. Been, Irwin K. Reiss, Johan P. Mackenbach & Aziz Sheikh

Stage 1 development of a patient-reported experience measure (PREM) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Susan Walker, Sharon Andrew, Matthew Hodson & C. Michael Roberts

Effectiveness and success factors of educational inhaler technique interventions in asthma & COPD patients: a systematic review
Sven L. Klijn, Mickaël Hiligsmann, Silvia M. A. A. Evers, Miguel Román-Rodríguez, Thys van der Molen & Job F. M. van Boven

Part of the Nature Partner Journals series, the journal is published in partnership with the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRS-UK) and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG).

 

Kind regards

Jaime Correia de Sousa


PS Do remember to add the dates of the World Conference to your diaries, and start looking at flights and accommodation now!

 
Invitation from DR LUIS ALVES, Chair Programme Committee, to attend the 9th IPCRG Conference & 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting, Porto, Portugal, 31 May – 2 June 2018
 
 
Dear Colleagues

It is with my great pleasure that I invite you to register for The 9th IPCRG World Conference and the 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting taking place in the wonderful city of Porto, Portugal. The conference starts on Thursday 31 May 2018 at 1200hrs and finishes on Saturday 2 June 2018 at 1300hrs. The conference is at the Alfândega Congress Centre, a former Customs House, located in Porto’s historic centre. 
 
To register, view the programme or submit an abstract, please click here.

We have worked hard with a world-wide team of primary care colleagues to produce an inspiring programme that addresses many of the issues you face to improve the care of people you see in primary care with respiratory conditions. Our 9th World Conference offers a comprehensive scientific programme as well as important networking opportunities allowing you to meet with colleagues to discuss respiratory care and new developments.
 
The theme for the 9th IPCRG World Conference is Respiratory Health: Adding value in a resource-constrained world.  We are delighted that Professor Rafael Bengoa, will deliver our opening address. Professor Bengoa spent 15 years with the World Health Organisation and is an internationally renowned healthcare expert. Further information about the programme as well as the Call for Abstracts can be found at: www.ipcrg2018.org. 
  
KEY DATES FOR IPCRG PORTO 2018
EARLY BIRD RATE ENDS: 28 January 2018
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Closes 28 January 2018
ABSTRACT RESULTS: 19 February 2018
 
Porto, Portugal's second city, sits on the gorge where the River Douro enters the Atlantic Ocean.  The historic riverside area is a UNESCO World Heritage site characterised by medieval townhouses, gothic palaces and baroque churches. Porto was deservedly voted the best European Destination in 2017. 
 
Porto Airport is served by 23 different airlines and many budget airlines offer a regular service.  Flights are already available on many airline websites.  Further informtion about travel, accommodation and visa requirements can be found on at www.ipcrg2018.org 

Journal news: Finally our journal, npgPCRM, has assembled a special collection of articles, for Respiratory Care Week 22-28 October 2017, which raises awareness for improving lung health around the world. In support of this important mission, we have assembled a special collection of articles, highlighting key research from npjPrimary Care Respiratory Medicine.  Click here to view the special collection. 

We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy the excellent educational and networking opportunities and the opportunity to visit beautiful Porto will make your trip a rewarding and unforgettable experience.
 
With my very best wishes,
Dr Luis Alves
Chairman Scientific Programme Committee
 
Follow us on Twitter @ipcrg2018 & Facebook at ipcrg2018 
Dear Colleague
 
The global charity, International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is delighted to announce two new major partnerships with established UK centres of academic respiratory excellence to build research capability in respiratory care in LMICs. This enables us to extend learning about respiratory research into new communities, connect our primary care colleagues with multi-disciplinary research teams, and build on our statement of prioritised research needs.  IPCRG colleagues are now involved in eight programmes, from: Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Georgia, China, FYR Macedonia and Brazil. We are working with University of Edinburgh and University of Birmingham, UK as part of new global health research initiatives funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
 
We are delighted that IPCRG is involved with two of the three respiratory projects NIHR is supporting in this latest global health funding call.
 
“This is a very welcome initiative by the National Institute of Health Research, UK. Despite the enormous global burden of respiratory diseases such as TB, chronic obstructive lung disease, asthma and allergy and the huge potential for primary care to diagnose and manage the care of people with respiratory symptoms, it has been difficult for primary care and for respiratory health care professionals to find investment to develop their skills in research and in particular respiratory research. These partnerships will reduce respiratory burden in the IPCRG’s network of low and middle income countries.”
Professor Hilary Pinnock, Chair of the Education Committee of IPCRG and first author of the prioritised research needs assessment.
 
“Primary care needs evidence-based guidance generated from studies conducted in and by primary care, that include the patients, problems and constraints that they see in real life.  These programmes will enable greater generation of such evidence.  IPCRG has now run fourteen international meetings over seventeen years where primary care colleagues from around the world share their research findings, which demonstrate primary care’s potential to improve health and to demonstrate that improvement through research. We are meeting in Sri Lanka this week, with over 300 colleagues from all over South Asia, and South East Asia, showing the first results of our FRESH AIR programme funded by a research grant from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.”
Dr Rachel Jordan, Chair of the Research Committee of IPCRG.
 
More information
For more information about our partnership with University of Edinburgh, NIHR Global Health Research Unit on respiratory health, RESPIRE:
 
For more information about our partnership with University of Birmingham, NIHR Global Health Research Group on Global COPD in Primary Care:   press release
For more information about IPCRG: www.ipcrg.org/aboutus
For more information about FRESH AIR: www.theipcrg.org/freshair and www.freshair.world
Our journal, Nature Partner Journals Primary Care Respiratory Medicine https://www.nature.com/npjpcrm/
 
Twitter: from our recent 1st South Asian Primary Care Respiratory Conference:
@ipcrgsrilanka17 #srilanka17
 
NIHR: #NIHRGH
 
@IPCRG
@FRESHAIRTeam
 
Background
The IPCRG is a not-for-profit clinically-led organisation registered as a charity and company limited by guarantee in Scotland that operates internationally.  It represents national primary care respiratory groups and facilitates communities of practice and networks across the world with the aim of improving the quality of care for people with respiratory problems delivered in and to the community worldwide. 
 
Through its network of 130,000+ primary care professionals in over 30 countries, the IPCRG initiates, shares, spreads and supports the implementation of evidence in community settings for the prevention, treatment and care of breathing and lung problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tobacco dependence, allergic rhinitis, sleep apnoea and respiratory infection.  It has a long track record of delivering research and education projects funded through public and private funds.

The IPCRG is the primary care representative on the World Health Organization (WHO)-Global Alliance against chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Planning Executive, the Respiratory Special Interest Group of The World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) Europe and an Organisation in Collaborative Relations with WONCA Global.  Its peer-reviewed journal, npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine is published by Nature Publishing Group.
 
www.theipcrg.org       
 

Dear colleagues

2nd International Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Primary and Outpatient Care (COPOC) Zagreb, Croatia October 6-8, 2017 http://www.comtecmed.com/ copoc/2017/

A number of IPCRG colleagues have been invited to speak at this meeting to present the perspective of respiratory care:

  • The role of inhaled corticosteroids in COPD and 
  • Latest developments in asthma management

The programme suggests it will be a stimulating congress and an excellent opportunity to meet with old colleagues and network with colleagues with a similar interest from all over the world.

Please see link for the latest mailshot from the organisers that gives details of the full programme.

Kind regards

 

Ioanna Tsiligianni

President Elect

IPCRG

Dear Colleague
 
We are really looking forward to our 1st South Asian Primary Care Respiratory Conference, held jointly with Primary Care Respiratory Group, Sri Lanka, and supported by the Ministry of Health, National Science Foundation and WHO regional office. It is also a collaboration with our FRESH AIR collagues. It’s a great opportunity to bring the interim findings and information from FRESH AIR to South Asia, including updates on ways to tackle indoor air pollution, treating tobacco dependence, introducing better diagnosis of chronic lung disease in children and adults and implementing pulmonary rehabilitation in low income countries and hard-to-reach populations.
 
Programme content
To see the programme go here.
3rd August: attend either a research writing school or practical clinical workshops
4th-5th  August: plenary sessions and oral presentations, featuring FRESH AIR themes of diagnosis in children and adults, tobacco dependence, indoor air pollution, pulmonary rehabilitation; and also challenges in vaccination, asthma, COPD, TB, cough, ACOS, and allergy.
 
It's going to be a truly international meeting providing you with updates, answers and skills on a comprehensive range of new primary care respiratory research and key challenges for the region.    There is also time to network with colleagues from around the world and to share ideas, experience and practice.
 
Selected abstracts will be published as an online supplement by npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine after the meeting. 
 
Visa required to travel?
 
Details on who requires a visa and how to apply for one can be found on the following site https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ (you may need to copy and paste this link if clicking doesn’t work)
 
Follow us virtually!

Follow us on Twitter @IPCRGSriLanka17
And register for www.vivindatv.com that will be webcasting sessions and offering video on demand from the three days.
VivindaTV is brought to you by Novartis and is intended as a non-promotional, medical education resource and virtual meeting venue exclusively for healthcare professionals.  You must register before 6th August 2017 to access the sessions.
 
Kind Regards and see you all in Colombo this week.
 
Prof Savi Wimalasekera, Chair
Sri Lanka Scientific Programme Committee
Dear colleague
 
Please see below an invitation from ERS Primary Care Group and European Lung Foundation to those planning to attend ERS.
 
I look forward to seeing you in Milan.
 
Prof Hilary Pinnock  
Chair, IPCRG Education Sub-committee  
Chair, ERS Primary Care Group 1.6
 
 
 
 
Invitation to:
ELF Patient Organisation Day
Saturday 9 September 2017, ERS International Congress, Milan
 
This year, the ERS Primary Care Day will link with the European Lung Foundation’s annual networking event for respiratory patient organisations (the ELF Patient Organisation Day).
 
Some of the patient representatives will join with the Primary Care Day in the morning.
 
Following on from that session, ELF warmly invites you to join their afternoon activities, which include a shared networking lunch and group discussions based on themes arising from the ERS Primary Care Day programme. Please note that the discussions will be in English.
 
A programme is shown below and you are welcome to attend just the lunch and first discussion (13:00 -15:15) or to join for the whole afternoon (13:00-17:20).
 
There will be patient organisation delegates attending from across Europe and they are very much looking forward to networking with you. They represent patients with a wide range of chronic, acute and rare diseases, and are eager to discuss opportunities to improve treatment and care, and to build links with primary care professionals. We do hope you will be able to join with us. 

Please send an email to jeanette.boyd@europeanlung.org if you would like to attend or would like further information. There are limited places available so please respond as soon as possible.
 
ELF Patient Organisation Day Programme: 

Timings
Activities
13:00 – 14:00
Networking lunch for patient organisation & primary care day delegates
14:00 – 14:05
Welcome: ELF chair
14:05 – 14:15
Introduction to ELF strategy 2017-2020
14:15 – 15:15
Group discussion 1: themes and issues arising from chronic care model themes outlined in Primary Care Day programme
15:15 – 16:15
Poster display session (with coffee)
16:15 – 17:15
Group discussion 2 (to be decided)
17:15 – 17:20
Close of day from ELF chair
Dear Colleagues
 
Today we publish a new paper Treating tobacco dependence: guidance for primary care on life-saving interventions. Position statement of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG), endorsed by WONCA Europe, World Organization of Family Doctors in Europe and applicable to global primary care.

DOI: 10.1038/s41533-017-0039-5
 
While much recent attention has focused on the impact of air pollution on health, we should never forget that tobacco smoking is the world’s leading cause of premature death and disability.
 
This paper does not focus on public health measures, but on what to do now for the huge numbers of people who currently smoke, and are therefore at high risk of early death or long term health problems.   It makes it clear that smoking is not “a lifestyle choice” but a highly damaging dependency, for which there are excellent treatments.
 
“A quarter of the world population still smokes and at least one out of every two smokers will die due to smoking. Primary care physicians are the most important care providers for smoking cessation treatment in many countries in the world. Yet, there many reasons why primary care physicians are hesitant or even reluctant to deliver this care, such as time constraints or a perception of lack of competence. This position statement gives practical guidance to the primary care physician to overcome these constraints. A very brief advice hardly costs any time and saves many lives worldwide when given by a primary care provider.”  said Prof Dr Onno van Schayck, Professor of Preventative Care, Scientific Director Netherlands Research School CaRe, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, first author.
 
The paper’s authors all work in primary and community settings, and have therefore reviewed the evidence through the lens of real clinical experience.  Two of the authors are part of IPCRG-Global Bridges programmes to teach primary care about treating tobacco dependence in Uganda and in Eastern Europe: framing the problem, rightly, as a clinical problem for which there are evidence-based treatments.   
 
“New to this paper is the guidance on special populations such as people with long term conditions including TB, HIV, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease; pregnant women, children and adolescents, and people with serious mental illness. The paper describes trends in the use of e-cigarettes, waterpipes and cannabis smoking and offers guidance to primary care clinicians on what to do faced with uncertain evidence.”  Explained Prof Aziz Sheikh, Editor-in-Chief, npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine.
 
Key recommendations of the paper are already being tested globally by IPCRG and colleagues in the Global Bridges and FRESH AIR programmes.  These include a call for clinicians to consider tobacco use as a “vital sign” and act as if smoking - tobacco dependence – is a chronic relapsing-remitting disorder with highly effective and cost effective treatments, deliverable in primary care.  Use Very Brief Advice (Ask, Advise, Act).
 
The paper calls on the World Health Organization to add more smoking cessation products to its Model List of Essential Medicines.  It also needs national governments to ensure that this list is mirrored nationally, and that the products are available in primary care.  As an illustration, some progress is already being made by colleagues in the Kyrgyz Republic, who have recently lobbied successfully to have the Model List for tobacco dependence replicated nationally.
 
The paper highly recommends behavioural training for primary care in low, middle and high income countries.  The IPCRG Global Bridges-funded Teach the Teacher programme is testing that now, because achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals requires behaviour change, and top of the list should be helping people quit smoking.
 
 
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The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is a charity registered in Scotland working internationally (SC No: 035056) and a company limited by guarantee (Company number 256268)
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The IPCRG is a not-for-profit clinically-led organisation registered as a charity and company limited by guarantee in Scotland that operates internationally.  It supports primary care to work locally and collaborate globally to improve respiratory health. 

It represents national primary care respiratory groups and facilitates communities of practice and networks across the world to achieve this aim.
  
Through its network of over 130,000 primary care professionals, the IPCRG initiates, shares, spreads and supports the implementation of evidence in community settings for the prevention, treatment and care of breathing and lung problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tobacco dependence, allergic rhinitis, sleep apnoea and respiratory infection.  It has a long track record of delivering research and education projects funded through public and private funds for example two programmes with Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Education to teach tobacco dependence treatment in the community, one in Uganda, and a new Teach the Teacher cascade programme in Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan and Romania.  See http://www.theipcrg.org/display/TeachColleagues/2016/11/04/IPCRG+wins+Global+Bridges+grant+to+work+in+Eastern+Europe
  
It is also delivering education on tobacco dependence treatment as an intervention to improve lung health as part of its FRESH AIR programme, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 680997 www.freshair.world.  This operates in Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam and Crete.

The IPCRG is the primary care representative on the World Health Organization (WHO)-Global Alliance against chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Planning Executive, the Respiratory Special Interest Group of The World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) Europe and an Organisation in Collaborative Relations with WONCA Global, a member of the European COPD Coalition, and a supporter of the NCD Alliance.  Its peer-reviewed journal, npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine is published by Springer Nature.
  
Current Members and active research locations: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia FYR, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam.
  
The first edition of the position statement is backed up by online free resources, most of which remain highly relevant: http://www.theipcrg.org/display/RESSMO/Tackling+the+Smoking+Epidemic+-+IPCRG+International+guidance+on+smoking+cessation+in+primary+care
  
Opportunities to present your research on implementation of tobacco dependence treatment:
  
IPCRG 1st South Asian Primary Care Respiratory Conference, 3-5 August 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka www.ipcrgsrilanka17.org.
  
IPCRG 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Conference, and 9th World Conference, Porto, Portugal 31 May-2 June 2018 www.theipcrg.org.