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Respiratory medicine

Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

Asthma reviews: an essential part of good care

Primary care nurses, therefore, face a major challenge of addressing a backlog of work created by the pandemic and at the same time ensuring that they meet Quality and Outcome Framework (QOF)...

Improving outcomes for people living with breathlessness

The experience of breathlessness is complex and influenced by a number of factors including emotional, environmental, cultural and social and requires a holistic approach to optimise its management...

Seasonal asthma: should it be managed differently?

Asthma is an inflammatory condition where the airways have become hyperreactive in response to a trigger (eg house dust mite, pollen, cats, viruses and temperature changes). The inflammatory cascade...

Rescue packs for COPD: problem or panacea?

AECOPD are defined as an acute worsening of the respiratory symptoms associated with COPD, including cough, breathlessness and sputum production and which require additional therapy (NICE, 2019a;...

How safe are e-cigarettes for patients with COPD? A systematic review

This systematic review focused on identifying quantitative empirical research, providing numerical data detailing the effect of e-cigarette use on pulmonary health outcomes. The PICO model...

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COPD, exacerbation and self-management: a literature review

COPD prevalence is also associated with socioeconomic deprivation and high-risk occupational industrial areas, and environmental and metabolic risk factors have the highest impact on disease...

Assessment and examination of the respiratory system

Taking a patient history is an essential element in establishing a diagnosis and is used to get a deeper understanding of the patient's symptoms. The purpose of a systematic health history is to...

Identification and management of dysfunctional breathing in primary care

The ‘breathing drive’ is responsive to the body's requirements detected by feedforward and feedback loops from the brain and receptors in the respiratory system, with underlying ‘background’ control...

Diagnosing COPD in general practice

Long-term exposure to risk factors such as tobacco smoking – the most common cause of COPD – and symptoms caused by progressive lung damage are often present before individuals seek a diagnosis. The...

World COPD Day: supporting people to live well with COPD

It is important to ensure from the moment someone presents at their GP practice with symptoms of COPD that they get support for smoking cessation if they smoke. Having a conversation with patients...

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