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Monday, 01 June 2009
Accurate diagnosis of respiratory tract infection can be difficult in primary care, particularly in older patients. Time constraints meaning that most consultations allow less than six minutes to deal with patients’ clinical problems – with much of the time devoted to achieving political and financially driven targets – can make it even more difficult. In this article, we provide practical tips on how to recognise and treat common respiratory infections.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Runny, blocked noses are a common problem in the winter months, accounting for a substantial number of general practice consultations. Successful treatment depends on identifying the correct cause of the symptoms. In this article we give you key information on rhinitis – what it is, how to diagnose it and how to treat it successfully.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
This year, as 1 July and ‘no smoking in public places’ approaches in England, many more patients will want help to stop smoking. Practices in Scotland and Wales are already facing this challenge. How do we optimise the smoking cessation advice we offer at the same time as juggling the many other responsibilities we have? In this article, we look at how to score top marks for Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators on smoking cessation – recording information and offering advice that will help patients to quit as well as gaining extra payments for our practices.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Hayfever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is a condition that patients often present with to their pharmacist. However, unlike most minor ailments, hayfever is a persistent and recurrent condition which can have a significant negative impact on quality of life.1 As such, the correct diagnosis and product selection is essential. The variety of preparations available for the treatment of hayfever, both over-the-counter (OTC) and on prescription, was discussed in detail in an earlier edition of BJPCN.2 This article will focus on the options available to community pharmacists for OTC treatment of hayfever.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Good self-management is obviously a central part of achieving effective control of any chronic condition. It is particularly important in asthma to help patients manage exacerbations, which can sometimes develop with little warning and with serious consequences. This article provides a step-by-step guide to developing effective selfmanagement plans for patients with asthma by providing practical solutions to key questions underpinning the process.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Planning a flu vaccination campaign during the autumn is always a difficult concept to take on board. But, from experience, the earlier you plan a campaign, the more successful it will be. Adequate planning and organisation will ease the pressure on all members of the team during a very busy period. It will also ensure that all patients in the ‘at risk’ groups are vaccinated and targets achieved. This article gives seven easy steps for a stress-free flu vaccination campaign.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
The rising incidence of a range of respiratory disorders means an increasing emphasis on treatment, management and care. Although some respiratory diseases are acute, many are chronic, bringing with them a burden of morbidity affecting patients in many areas of everyday life. One area of concern for patients may be sexual functioning so somewhere in the process of management and care the practice nurse may need to address the issues of sexuality (Petty 1986, Kaptein et al. 2008).
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Modern medical practice emphasises the use of objective measurements and evidence. Nobody would diagnose hypertension without measuring the blood pressure, or manage diabetes without measuring blood sugar and glycated haemoglobin. Yet it is only relatively recently that any lung function measurements to support diagnosis and guide management of respiratory disease were undertaken in primary care.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
The BJPCN interviewed Dr Steve Holmes (Chairman of the GPIAG) and Stephanie Wolf (GPIAG General Committee member) on the 20th anniversary of the organisation.
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