Primary care and chronic lung disease

It is internationally recognised that in order to better manage the economic impact of the growing burden of chronic lung disease, preventive, educational and management strategies need to be refined. Primary care is pivotal, but in order to perform its role competently, it needs standards, guidelines and education that are developed specifically for primary care, that acknowledge the limited resources available in many countries, and that answer the questions relevant to primary care using evidence derived from long-term real-life pragmatic studies on populations that reflect primary care practice.

Useful websites

  • World Health Organization – What we do: data and evidence, health topics, events
    www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/Health-systems/primary-health-care/policy
    This website draws together WHO policy on primary care and evaluation reports on the state of primary care in many European countries using the WHO Primary Care Evalution Tool.

  • The Lancet – Health policy and papers for chronic diseases and development, launched in November 2010
    www.thelancet.com/series/chronic-diseases-and-development
    The Lancet’s series of papers was an important contribution to the United Nations high-level meeting on chronic non-communicable diseases. The papers cover a range of diseases, including chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, and present strategies for substantial health gains, monitoring and scaling-up of interventions.

  • International Primary Care Research Group – tobacco dependence resources
    www.theipcrg.org/display/RESTOB/Home
    These free resources offer practical tools and evidence to improve healthcare professionals’ success in helping their patients to stop smoking.

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