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Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) in Primary Care Settings

The course uses real life case studies to explore diagnosis and management of respiratory disease.

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Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) in Primary Care Settings

The course uses real life case studies to explore diagnosis and management of respiratory disease – offering evidence- based guidance and practical tools developed by front line clinicians working in low resource settings. The topic is important because of the huge global burden of respiratory disease as recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO).

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand the physical, psychological and social impact of chronic respiratory diseases on the individual, their family and community
  • Demonstrate improved skills in the diagnosis and management of asthma, COPD and other chronic respiratory disease in children and adults
  • Demonstrate improved skills in communicating and supporting patients with asthma, COPD and other CRDs to live with their condition (often in the context of multi-morbidity)
  • Assess how to adapt advice to the local context, taking account of the global variation in access to care and treatment, and workforce
  • Assess how to individualise the management in terms of affordability and availability of resources.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals working in low resource settings who may have an interest in respiratory conditions (including asthma, COPD and other non- communicable respiratory diseases).

Who will you learn with?

Siân is Chief Executive Officer at the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, a clinically-led charity working locally and collaborating globally to improve respiratory health in primary care.

Hilary is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, NIHR Global Health Research Unit (RESPIRE), University of Edinburgh and a family doctor in Whitstable, Kent

Kamilla is a senior lecturer and a family medicine specialist at the Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia.

Nazim has been involved in developing and conducting training for primary care physicians on asthma and COPD in Bangladesh and providing primary care to people with chronic respiratory diseases.

Monsur is a primary care respiratory physician with over 35 years experience in clinical practice. Monsur is also founding & senate member of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG).

Aziz is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development, Director of the Usher Institute and Dean of Data at The University of Edinburgh.

Juliet McDonnell is Teaching & Learning Projects Manager with the International Primary Care Respiratory Group. She is a highly experienced project lead, facilitator and educator.

Hani Salim is a family doctor and an academic at the Department of Family Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her research specialities include asthma, self-management, and health literacy.

Who developed the course?

The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities and is globally recognised for research, innovation and high-quality teaching.

International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG)

The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is a clinically-led charitable company that works locally in primary care and collaborates globally to improve respiratory health.


The RESPIRE collaboration spans across Asia with organisations in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan working in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.


funded by

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) & UK Aid logo

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