The British Thoracic Society (BTS) have updated their Guideline for 2019. There are some changes to diagnosis, monitoring asthma, and new information about identifying people with asthma who are at risk from asthma attack. There are small yet significant changes … Continue reading

Asthma Guidelines for 2018 There has been some controversy around the Asthma guidance which NICE published for the first time at the end of November 2017. You can find the new guidance here. One of our tutors Andrew Booth has … Continue reading

SpirometryGPN2016 Andrew Booth, one of our Respiratory Disease tutors, has had this article about spirometry published in the Journal of General Practice Nursing. If you want to find out more, come and meet Andrew on one of our Respiratory Disease … Continue reading

The British Thoracic Society have updated the guideline on asthma management for 2014. The 2014 update includes a new section highlighting key recommendations for implementation (section 2), completely re-written sections on supported self management (section 4) and organisation and delivery … Continue reading

The National Review of Asthma Deaths was the first fully comprehensive review of deaths from asthma across the UK. Led by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), and conducted between February 2012 – 2013, the final report has recently been … Continue reading

What has gone wrong with asthma care? Back in the mid-eighties, the wonderful Greta Barnes started the Asthma Training Centre in Stratford-on-Avon.  It offered courses in Asthma Management to Primary Care Practice Nurses and was an enormous success.  The model … Continue reading

Yes, it’s five years since the ban on smoking in indoor public places came into force.  Has the ban achieved anything?  Or was the effort all a waste of time. The answer is that the ban has been a spectacular … Continue reading

Generally speaking, it is always preferable to opt for the fewest possible doses of a long-term medication a day.  Adherence is improved. So the introduction by Novartis of a new once a day long-acting beta-adrenoceptor agonist for people with chronic … Continue reading