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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777106/clinical-prediction-models-to-support-the-diagnosis-of-asthma-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review-protocol
#1
L Daines, S McLean, A Buelo, S Lewis, A Sheikh, H Pinnock
Substantial over-diagnosis and under-diagnosis of asthma in adults and children has recently been reported. As asthma is mostly diagnosed in non-specialist settings, a clinical prediction model (CPM) to aid the diagnosis of asthma in primary care may help improve diagnostic accuracy. We aim to systematically identify, describe, compare, and synthesise existing CPMs designed to support the diagnosis of asthma in children and adults presenting with symptoms suggestive of the disease, in primary care settings or equivalent populations...
May 18, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662064/the-use-of-electronic-alerts-in-primary-care-computer-systems-to-identify-the-excessive-prescription-of-short-acting-beta-2-agonists-for-people-with-asthma-a-systematic-review
#2
REVIEW
Shauna McKibben, Anna De Simoni, Andy Bush, Mike Thomas, Chris Griffiths
Computers are increasingly used to improve prescribing decisions in the management of long-term conditions however the effects on asthma prescribing remain unclear. We aimed to synthesise the evidence for the use of computerised alerts that identify excessive prescribing of short-acting beta2 -agonists (SABAs) to improve asthma management for people with asthma. MEDLINE, CINAHL, Embase, Cochrane and Scopus databases (1990-2016) were searched for randomised controlled trials using electronic alerts to identify excessive prescribing of SABAs for people with asthma in primary care...
April 16, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29636473/recurrent-lower-respiratory-illnesses-among-young-children-in-rural-kyrgyzstan-overuse-of-antibiotics-and-possible-under-diagnosis-of-asthma-a-qualitative-fresh-air-study
#3
Marianne Stubbe Østergaard, Jesper Kjærgaard, Mette-Marie Kristensen, Susanne Reventlow, Anja Poulsen, Elvira Isaeva, Azamat Akylbekov, Talant Sooronbaev
Lower respiratory tract illnesses (LRT-illnesses) in children under 5 years (U5s) are a leading cause of morbidity, hospitalisations and mortality worldwide, particularly in low-income countries. It is pertinent to understand possible inconsistent management. This study explored perceptions and practices among caregivers and health professionals on recurrent LRT-illnesses in U5s. Semi-structured interviews with 13 caregivers to U5s with recurrent LRT-illnesses and with 22 primary care health professional interviews in two rural provinces in Kyrgyzstan were triangulated...
April 10, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615629/asbestosis-is-prevalent-in-a-variety-of-construction-industry-trades
#4
G I Walters, A S Robertson, P S Bhomra, P S Burge
A diagnosis of asbestosis, which is a long-latency, fibrotic lung disease, has implications for the patient in terms of prognosis, treatment and compensation. Identifying and quantifying asbestos exposure is difficult without a detailed occupational history, and the threshold dose of asbestos required to cause asbestosis is not well understood. We reviewed all cases of asbestosis diagnosed between 2001 and 2016 at the Birmingham Regional NHS Occupational Lung Disease Service to determine the industries and occupations most frequently implicated in causation, in order to help clinicians identify where asbestosis might enter the differential diagnosis for a patient with chronic respiratory symptoms...
April 3, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615628/-exacerbation-free-time-to-assess-the-impact-of-exacerbations-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-a-prospective-observational-study
#5
L M Boer, E W Bischoff, X Borgijink, J H Vercoulen, R P Akkermans, H A M Kerstjens, W J Assendelft, T R Schermer
COPD exacerbations are commonly quantified as rate per year. However, the total amount of time a patient suffers from exacerbations may be stronger related to his or her disease burden than just counting exacerbation episodes. In this study, we examined the relationship between exacerbation frequency and exacerbation-free time, and their associations with baseline characteristics and health-related quality of life. A total of 166 COPD patients reported symptom changes during 12 months. Symptom-defined exacerbation episodes were correlated to the number of exacerbation-free weeks per year...
April 3, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29572448/improvement-in-the-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-following-a-clinical-educational-program-results-from-a-prospective-cohort-study-in-the-sicilian-general-practice-setting
#6
Rosarita Ferrara, Valentina Ientile, Carlo Piccinni, Alessandro Pasqua, Serena Pecchioli, Andrea Fontana, Umberto Alecci, Riccardo Scoglio, Francesco Magliozzo, Sebastiano Emanuele Torrisi, Carlo Vancheri, Patrizio Vitulo, Giovanna Fantaci, Carmen Ferrajolo, Mario Cazzola, Claudio Cricelli, Achille Patrizio Caputi, Gianluca Trifirò
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the lungs associated with progressive disability. Although general practitioners (GPs) should play an important role in the COPD management, critical issues have been documented in the primary care setting. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational program for the improvement of the COPD management in a Sicilian general practice setting. The effectiveness of the program, was evaluated by comparing 15 quality-of-care indicators developed from data extracted by 33 GPs, at baseline vs...
March 23, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29523779/agreement-between-hospital-and-primary-care-on-diagnostic-labeling-for-copd-and-heart-failure-in-toronto-canada-a-cross-sectional-observational-study
#7
Michelle Greiver, Frank Sullivan, Sumeet Kalia, Babak Aliarzadeh, Deepak Sharma, Steven Bernard, Christopher Meaney, Rahim Moineddin, David Eisen, Navid Rahman, Tony D'Urzo
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or heart failure (HF) are frequently cared for in hospital and in primary care settings. We studied labeling agreement for COPD and HF for patients seen in both settings in Toronto, Canada. This was a retrospective observational study using linked hospital-primary care electronic data from 70 family physicians. Patients were 20 years of age or more and had at least one visit in both settings between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2014. We recorded labeling concordance and associations with clinical factors...
March 9, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29520001/fostering-the-exchange-of-real-world-data-across-different-countries-to-answer-primary-care-research-questions-an-unlock-study-from-the-ipcrg
#8
Liza Cragg, Siân Williams, Thys van der Molen, Mike Thomas, Jaime Correia de Sousa, Niels H Chavannes
There is growing awareness amongst healthcare planners, providers and researchers of the need to make better use of routinely collected health data by translating it into actionable information that improves efficiency of healthcare and patient outcomes. There is also increased acceptance of the importance of real world research that recruits patients representative of primary care populations and evaluates interventions realistically delivered by primary care professionals. The UNLOCK Group is an international collaboration of primary care researchers and practitioners from 15 countries...
March 8, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467461/the-association-of-aspirin-use-with-severity-of-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#9
Tadahiro Goto, Mohammad Kamal Faridi, Carlos A Camargo, Kohei Hasegawa
Little is known about the effect of long-term aspirin use on acute severity of COPD. We hypothesized that, in patients hospitalized for acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD), long-term aspirin use is associated with lower risks of disease severity (in-hospital death, mechanical ventilation use, and hospital length-of-stay). We conducted a retrospective cohort study using large population-based data from 2012 through 2013. Among 206,686 patients (aged ≥40 years) hospitalized for AECOPD, aspirin users had lower in-hospital mortality (1...
February 21, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29459619/quality-and-learning-aspects-of-the-first-9000-spirometries-of-the-lifegene-study
#10
Mikaela Qvarfordt, Martin Anderson, Magnus Svartengren
Spirometry requires the patient to cooperate and do the manoeuvre 'right' for reliable results. Algorithms to assess test quality as well as educational recommendations for personnel are defined in guidelines. We compared the quality of forced spirometry tests performed by spirometry technicians with little or no previous experience of spirometry using spirometry systems with different modes of feedback. In both cases, the spirometry technician received general feedback on the screen based on ATS/ERS guidelines, such as 'exhale faster' and 'exhale longer'...
February 19, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449558/interventions-to-enhance-the-adoption-of-asthma-self-management-behaviour-in-the-south-asian-and-african-american-population-a-systematic-review
#11
REVIEW
Salina Ahmed, Liz Steed, Katherine Harris, Stephanie J C Taylor, Hilary Pinnock
South Asian and other minority communities suffer poorer asthma outcomes, have a higher rate of unscheduled care and benefit less from most existing self-management interventions when compared to the majority population. Possible reasons for these differences include failure to implement asthma self-management strategies, or that strategies implemented were inappropriate for their needs; alternatively, they may relate to the minority and/or lower socioeconomic status of these populations. We aimed to synthesise evidence from randomised controlled trials for asthma self-management in South Asian and Black populations from different sociocultural contexts, and identify barriers and facilitators to implementing self-management...
February 15, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434271/adherence-and-quality-of-life-in-adults-and-children-during-3-years-of-slit-treatment-with-grazax-a-real-life-study
#12
Hampus Kiotseridis, Peter Arvidsson, Vibeke Backer, Vagn Braendholt, Alf Tunsäter
Respiratory allergic disease represents a global health problem, 30% of the population suffers from allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and 20% suffer from asthma. Allergy immunotherapy induce immunological tolerance and thereby modify the response to allergens and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) offers the possibility of home administration of allergen therapy, but adherence is more uncertain. The aim of the study was to investigate the adherence with GRAZAX in adults and children ≥ 5 years during three consecutive years of treatment...
February 12, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29362452/tell-me-about-your-hay-fever-a-qualitative-investigation-of-allergic-rhinitis-management-from-the-perspective-of-the-patient
#13
Biljana Cvetkovski, Vicky Kritikos, Kwok Yan, Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is sub-optimally managed in the community and is responsible for a significant health and economic burden. Uncontrolled AR increases the risk of poorly controlled asthma and presents an increased susceptibility to thunderstorm asthma. With the availability of treatments over-the-counter, bypassing the health care professional (HCP), the role of the patient is paramount. Research on the role of the patient in AR management in the current environment is limited. This study aims to explore the patient perspective of AR management and understand why it is sub-optimally managed in the community...
January 23, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343739/qualitative-systematic-review-of-barriers-and-facilitators-to-self-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-views-of-patients-and-healthcare-professionals
#14
REVIEW
Siân Russell, Oladapo J Ogunbayo, James J Newham, Karen Heslop-Marshall, Paul Netts, Barbara Hanratty, Fiona Beyer, Eileen Kaner
Self-management interventions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve quality of life, reduce hospital admissions, and improve symptoms. However, many factors impede engagement for patients and practitioners. Qualitative research, with its focus on subjective experience, can provide invaluable insights into such factors. Therefore, a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative evidence on COPD self-management from the perspective of patients, carers, and practitioners was conducted. Following a systematic search and screening, 31 studies were appraised and data extracted for analysis...
January 17, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323120/solving-the-mystery-of-the-yellow-zone-of-the-asthma-action-plan
#15
Samir Gupta, Alan Kaplan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 11, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29255205/associations-between-self-rated-health-sickness-behaviour-and-inflammatory-markers-in-primary-care-patients-with-allergic-asthma-a-longitudinal-study
#16
Karin Lodin, Mats Lekander, Jörgen Syk, Kjell Alving, Anna Andreasson
Allergic asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder associated with elevated levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE), serum eosinophilic cationic protein (S-ECP), plasma eosinophil-derived neurotoxin (P-EDN) and fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FENO). Poor self-rated health and sickness behaviour has repeatedly been associated with inflammatory markers, but the nature of this relationship in chronic inflammatory disease is not known. Likewise, such findings largely rely on cross-sectional investigations. Self-rated health (How would you rate your general state of health?), sickness behaviour (mean rating of satisfaction with energy, sleep, fitness, appetite and memory), IgE, S-ECP, P-EDN, and FENO were assessed in 181 non-smoking primary care patients with asthma in a 1-year longitudinal study...
December 18, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247229/salford-lung-study-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-sls-copd-follow-up-interviews-on-patient-centred-outcomes
#17
Lynda Doward, Henrik Svedsater, Diane Whalley, Rebecca Crawford, David Leather, James Lay-Flurrie, Nick Bosanquet
This study investigated patient perceptions, experiences and management of COPD throughout the SLS COPD study. Follow-up interviews were conducted with 400 patients who completed SLS COPD; a mixed-methods approach was used to collect quantitative and qualitative information. Structured interviews using closed-ended questions were conducted with 360 patients, detailing aspects of background/lifestyle information and COPD. Extended interviews containing open-ended questions on perceptions of COPD and quality of life (QoL) in addition to the closed-ended questions were completed by 40 further patients...
December 15, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222436/weekly-self-measurement-of-fev1-and-pef-and-its-impact-on-acq-asthma-control-questionnaire-scores-12-week-observational-study-with-76-patients
#18
Christoph Ulrich Werner, Klaus Linde, Julia Schäffner, Constanze Storr, Antonius Schneider
The "Asthma Control Questionnaire" (ACQ) is a very common questionnaire for assessing asthma control. This study compares different ACQ versions in a self-monitoring program over a 12-week period combining them with patients' self-measurements of peak expiratory flow (PEF) and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1). The objective was to test the feasibility of FEV1-self-measurements and to compare ACQ versions regarding possible additional information given by lung function. In this prospective multicenter observational study 100 adult asthma patients, recruited at six family practices and two pulmologists' private practices in Germany, completed the ACQ weekly, performing self-measurements of PEF and FEV1...
December 8, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208935/author-correction-the-impact-of-poor-asthma-control-among-asthma-patients-treated-with-inhaled-corticosteroids-plus-long-acting-%C3%AE-2-agonists-in-the-united-kingdom-a-cross-sectional-analysis
#19
Ian D Pavord, Nicola Mathieson, Anna Scowcroft, Riccardo Pedersini, Gina Isherwood, David Price
A correction to this article has been published and is linked from the HTML version of this article.
December 5, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258278/singing-as-a-rehabilitation-method-from-the-viewpoint-of-avicenna-980-1037-ad
#20
LETTER
Narjes Gorji, Reihaneh Moeini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
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