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This learning plan for GPs focuses on respiratory disorders. Learning plans provide key learning points on diagnosis, management, follow-up and referral. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete.
This article by Dr Nicholas Hopkinson discusses aetiology and risk factors for COPD. Simple interventions are considered such as stopping smoking and pulmonary rehabilitation, plus pharmacotherapy for the condition.
Dr Steve Holmes and respiratory nurse consultant Jane Scullion review the clinical features of influenza, and the risk groups for serious illness. This article was updated in 2018.
This article by Dr David Breen and Dr Vincent Brennan covers the diagnosis and management of lung cancer. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include risk factors such as smoking, radon gas, industrial exposure, air pollution, and indications for an urgent chest X-ray.
Dr Sinan Eccles and Dr Simon Barry review the assessment and management of pneumonia in primary care. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in adults, making a clinical diagnosis, rationalising the use of antibiotics and when to refer the patient for hospital assessment. This article was updated in 2018.
Dr Pipin Singh provides an overview of red flag symptoms associated with respiratory tract infections. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include addressing patient concerns, possible aetiologies and examination.
Dr Tillmann Jacobi highlights the red flags that you should be aware of in patients presenting with breathlessness and considers possible causes and when to refer. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include how to take a comprehensive history, reassuring the patient and useful investigations.
This article by Dr Suneeta Kochhar, updated in September 2016, explores the red flag symptoms that may indicate a more serious cause of haemoptysis. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying possible causes such as COPD, TB, malignancy or heart failure, and when to refer.