Primary care respiratory update

21 April, 2022

Dear HIFA Colleague,

Conference - primary respiratory care

REGISTER NOW for the 11th IPCRG World Conference 5-7 May 2022: Reunite, Evaluate, Advance

The 11th IPCRG World Conference is now only two weeks away, starting on Thursday 5 May and finishing on Saturday 7 May 2022. Be assured there is still time to register and join the global primary care respiratory community either in person or online. We are live streaming all plenaries & two programme streams with the option for all registered delegates (in person and virtual), to view the sessions on catch-up over the next 3 months. Therefore even if you are really busy at work right now, register and watch more on catch-up!

Our Committees have designed a really great conference on the theme of Reunite, Evaluate, Advance. There has been a lot of new understanding and innovation prompted by - or in spite of - COVID-19 and this is the first opportunity to come together to share thoughts, experience and data. the sessions on catch-up over the next 3 months. Therefore even if you are really busy at work right now, register and watch more on catch-up!

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Latest IPCRG iQ&A answers:

The iQ&A ( service continues to publish short evidence based answers on COVID for you to use in your daily practice. These answer questions raised by the IPCRG Sentinel Network ( , which in turn listens and reports on respiratory primary care issues. A large library of these primary care focused answers has now been produced. We will be introducing some new topics to the service, so keep an eye out for these in the coming months.

We continue to welcome applications to join the IPCRG Sentinel Network ( from front line health professionals working with people receiving primary care interventions.

Our most recent published answers are:

* Are there specific warning symptoms of COVID-19 infection for patients who have received a SARS-CoV-2 vaccination? (

* What is the risk of developing myocarditis or pericarditis following a SARS-CoV-2 mRNA based vaccination? (


COPD Right Care Update

The COPD Right Care project has been developed on the back of the success of the Asthma Right Care project which created and developed tools that have enabled behaviour changing conversations between health professionals and people with asthma. The COPD Right Care project aims to achieve the same for people with COPD.

Our output so far, including a COPD Right Care Wheel and a COPD Right Care Steroid Alert Safety Card will be launched at our world conference.

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Asthma Right Care: World Asthma Day on 3rd May

In support of World Asthma Day on 3^rd May 2022, we have various Asthma Right Care events taking place at the conference showcasing resources such as the Asthma Slide Rule, Question + Challenge cards and the Reliever Reliance Test.

Remember you can always find out more at

Chronic Respiratory Diseases in Primary Care Settings: new free online course starting 16 May

How do you treat respiratory disease in low- to middle-income countries? Learn how to recognise, diagnose and manage CRD including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with this new online course. Developed by primary care clinicians in low resources settings, this course shares the skills and insights needed to ensure patient safety through case studies, videos and discussions.

Learn at your own pace. Course led by IPCRG and the University of Edinburgh for RESPIRE.

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Assessment and diagnosis of chronic dyspnoea: a literature review (

This review aimed to determine whether there are clinical tools that can be incorporated into a clinical decision support system for primary care for efficient and accurate diagnosis of causes of chronic dyspnoea.

Characteristics and treatment patterns of patients with asthma on multiple-inhaler triple therapy in Spain (

The aim of this observational, retrospective study was to describe characteristics, treatment patterns, and adherence among patients with asthma who initiated multiple-inhaler triple therapy (MITT) in Catalonia, Spain.

Global youth vaping and respiratory health: epidemiology, interventions, and policies (

E-cigarette usage (also known as e-cigarettes or vaping products) has increasingly been recognized as a global public health problem. Stricter public health policy and protection measures are also needed on a global scale to limit e-cigarette exposure in minors.


IPCRG Education Sub-Committee

We are delighted to announce that Dr Javiera Corbalán Pössell Family Physician in Chile has joined the committee.

If you are interested in joining the Education Sub-Committee, please contact committee chair Amanda Barnard ( for more information.


Answering the Call in COPD - Livestreams on April 26 and May 3.

We invite you to join us on April 26 and May 3 for COPD ‘livestream’ events on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

On April 26, IPCRG colleagues Dr Ana Casas and Dr Alan Kaplan will discuss best practice in earlier identification, diagnosis and assessment of COPD. On May 3, we are joined by Clare Cook and Sally Singh to discuss nonpharmacologic management of COPD. Further information can be found here ( .

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

With our best wishes,

Janwillem Kocks

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)

The IPCRG is the Respiratory Special Interest Group of WONCA Europe and an Organisation in Collaborative Relations with WONCA Global

The IPCRG is the primary care representative on WHO-Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Planning Executive

HIFA profile: Sian Williams is Chief 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