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Monday, 01 June 2009
Primary healthcare staff are in an influential position when it comes to helping people to stop smoking. They clearly understand the dangers of smoking and have access to excellent smoking cessation services. In addition, the recent public smoking legislation has given many smokers added motivation to stop (See Prevention in Practice, BJPCN December 2008). However, there is much still to be done. This article recommends an easy and effective brief intervention for primary healthcare professionals to help patients towards the most effective way to stop – support and pharmacotherapy.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Breathlessness is a very common problem in the patients we see in general practice, and there is a range of possible causes. In this article – the first in a series of three looking at how to diagnose what’s wrong with a breathless patient – we explore how to distinguish between two of the commonest respiratory causes of breathlessness, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is now well into its third year and continues to expand boundaries of quality domains within chronic disease management. In this article we review some of the challenges in QOF indicators for asthma and COPD and suggest some tips to make the requirements easier to achieve in daily clinical practice.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
We continue our series on the changing role of the community pharmacist, with an article from Alpana Mair in Edinburgh describing the work of a pharmacist in COPD and asthma clinics based on her experience.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Those of us working with patients suffering from COPD know anecdotally that cold weather directly impacts exacerbation rates and hospital admissions in the same way as thunderstorms affect those with asthma (see BJPCN Vol 1, Issue 2, March 2007). This article explores the links between COPD and weather patterns. You may not want to be thinking about the winter but action now should give time to put preventive systems in place to help at-risk patients before the cold weather appears again.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Cough as a symptom results in significant impairment of quality of life for patients. Its wide and varied causes and presentations make diagnosis and management complex. Many sets of guidelines have been produced to help clinicians in the evaluation and management of acute and chronic cough. This article uses the British Thoracic Society (2006) guidelines to provide a summary of the evaluation and management of cough.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Category: Supplements
Monday, 01 June 2009
Beta2 agonists are the only class of drugs that is recommended for the management of asthma at every level of current guidelines, including those from the British Thoracic Society (BTS). This means that they are used across the spectrum of severity of asthma, from mild intermittent disease (step one) to severe asthma symptoms (step five). In this article, we take you through the key things that you – and your patients – need to know about these drugs.
Category: Editorial

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