Coronavirus (745) COVID-19 & Diagnosis and Management of COPD in Primary Care

17 June, 2020

6th IPCRG Clinical Practice Webinar & Abstract Presentations

Saturday 20 June 2020, 1000-1200hrs BST


Our topic this week covers COVID-19 & the Diagnosis and Management of COPD in Primary Care. We are delighted to welcome our speakers Prof Hilary Pinnock, Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, University of Edinburgh, immediate past Chair of IPCRG Education Committee and GP in Whitstable, UK and Dr Vince Mak, NHS London Clinical Director for Respiratory Strategic Clinical Network, Executive Committee Member of our UK group, PCRS, and an active member of our Asthma Right Care movement.

Over recent years, the trend to diagnose and manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in primary care has increased. However, there remains significant national variation in what is expected, encouraged or feasible. This is now more complex with COVID-19. This webinar will provide an update on how primary care can diagnose and support the management and palliation of COPD in different settings. It will include organisation of care, remote consultations, feasible diagnostic, and assessment tests during COVID-19, helping people quit smoking, assessment and management of exacerbations, prescribing, admission criteria, options for pulmonary rehabilitation and managing co-morbidities.

Our plenary talks are followed by some of the most highly related abstracts that were selected for presentation at the 10th IPCRG World Conference which has been postponed for a year. These webinars are helping researchers share their work with an international audience and gain important peer review that otherwise might have been missed during current pandemic.

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Programme, Saturday 20 June 2020

Timing BST

1000-1005 Welcome Amanda Barnard, Chair, IPCRG Education Sub Committee

1005-1020 COVID-19 & Diagnosis and Management of COPD in Primary Care (Presentation will include risk, organisation of care, managing co-morbidities, rehabilitation, maintaining essential respiratory care, top tips) Hilary Pinnock, UK

1020-1035 COVID-19 & Diagnosis and Management of COPD in Primary Care (Presentation will include organisation of care, tests, exacerbation management, admission criteria, top tips) Vince Mak, UK

1035-1050 Discussion with Q&A

Video & Comfort Break

Oral Abstracts

1100-1110 1. Practices and perceptions of primary care physicians in rural India for diagnosis and management of asthma and COPD: a mixed methods study - Dhiraj Agarwal, India

1110-1120 2. A comparison of the provision of Specialist Palliative Care to a cohort of patients with GOLD Stage D COPD, 2014 and 2016, Ciara Hanrahan, Ireland

1120-1130 3. Formulating and testing a strategy for introducing Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD management in a rural Indian setting, Harshpreet Kaur, India

1130-1140 4. A randomized controlled feasibility trial (RCT) of a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programme for symptomatic COPD Patients in Georgia: A Breathe Well study, Mariam Maglakelidze, Georgia

1140-1150 5. Predicting hospitalization of Swedish patients due to COPD exacerbation with machine learning, Karin Lisspers, Sweden

1150-1200 6. Spirometry network at the primary health care level in Kyrgyzstan: first experience, lessons and prospects, Talant Sooronbaev, Kyrgyzstan

1200-1205 - Close Amanda Barnard, Chair, IPCRG Education Sub Committee

We are grateful to Astra Zeneca for their support for the organisation of this webinar. The IPCRG is solely responsible for selecting and briefing the presenters; the abstract presenters have been peer reviewed and are presenting their original research.


All the resources from previous IPCRG webinars, including the presentations and session recordings, can be found by following the links below:

16 May COVID-19 in Primary Care: Supporting those Suffering & Recovering ( Presenters: Steve Holmes, UK & Matthieu Bremond, France

23 May COVID-19 in Primary Care: Supporting People’s Mental Health ( Presenters: Lindsay Ip, UK & Jaime Correia de Sousa, Portugal

30 May COVID-19 in Primary Care: Protecting the Most Vulnerable ( Presenters: Hanna Sandelowsky, Sweden & Chunhua Chi, China

6 June COVID-19 & the ( Primary Care Management of Asthma ( Presenters: Dermot Nolan, Ireland & Alan Kaplan, Ireland

13 June COVID-19 & the Challenges of Diagnosing Asthma in Primary Care ( Presenters: Luke Daines, UK & Jim Stout, USA

IPCRG also has frequently updated resources on many aspects of COVID-19. These can be accessed by following this link: There are a wide variety of resources including:

* Expert Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 Infections in Primary Care (First Edition)

* Handbook on COVID-19 Infection, Prevention and Control in Communities: Compiled and published by the Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control of National Health Commission of People’s Republic of China

We only have 2 webinars left in this series. Timings and topics are below. Book your place here (

27 June 1200-1400 BST COVID-19, Tobacco Dependence & Chronic Lung Disease (Asthma, COPD, ACOS) in Primary Care, Presenters: Noel Baxter & Darush Attar-Zadeh, UK

04 July 1500-1700 BST COVID-19 & the Importance of Public Education in Primary Care, Presenters: Sundeep Salvi, India & Javiera Corbalán, Chile

Registration for the webinars for all healthcare professionals is free and open to the primary care respiratory academic community and all respiratory interested primary care healthcare professionals.

Go to to find out more about the IPCRG, a charity working locally in primary care and collaborating globally to improve respiratory health so that we can achieve our vision of a global population breathing and feeling well through universal access to right care.

With our best wishes,

Ioanna Tsiligianni

President IPCRG

Siân Williams


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)

HIFA profile: Sian Williams is Executive Officer at the International Primary Care Respiratory Group in the UK. Professional interests: Implementation science, NCDs, primary care, respiratory health, education, evaluation, value, breaking down silos. AT