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.
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
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.
Dr Luis Alves
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Medicine. Click 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).
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!
Professor Hilary Pinnock, Chair of the Education Committee of IPCRG and first author of the prioritised research needs assessment.
For more information about our partnership with University of Edinburgh, NIHR Global Health Research Unit on respiratory health, RESPIRE:
For more information about IPCRG: www.ipcrg.org/aboutus
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.
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.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend or would like further information. There are limited places available so please respond as soon as possible.
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
It represents national primary care respiratory groups and facilitates communities of practice and networks across the world to achieve this aim.
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.