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Autumn 2020
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Dear IPCRG Colleague,

Despite travel restrictions, pauses in research and busy clinical workloads affecting our network, we have much progress to report
Conference Update
10th IPCRG World Conference, Dublin, Ireland 6-8 May 2021
The 10th IPCRG World Conference, Living & Breathing Well, the Importance of Primary Care is taking place from the 6-8 May 2021 at Croke Park in Dublin.  We are planning this, and all future conferences, as hybrid events -  both face to face and virtual. The face to face event depends on the status of the route map set out by the Irish Government. We are working closely with Croke Park, and our Irish colleagues to see what is possible. We hope that whether you attend virtually or in-person next year, your experience will be equally good, with the ability to network with your global colleagues and enjoy all the usual aspects of an IPCRG conference.
We have a world-class programme on offer. We have streamlined the original programme and are covering best practice in the primary care management of chronic respiratory diseases and topical updates on COVID-19 such as testing, managing routine care remotely and differential diagnosis of breathlessness. Our programmes are aimed at ALL members of the multi-disciplinary team working in low, middle and high income countries and settings.

We will reopen Registration and the Call for Abstracts for our 2021 World Conference in early November 2020. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 25 January 2021. If you registered for the original 2020 conference, we will be in touch to outline your options. Similarly, if you submitted an abstract within the original deadline and have not presented it at an IPCRG webinar, we will be in touch to offer you the option to update your original work if applicable.

You can stay informed of progress with the 10th IPCRG World Conference by visiting:

IPCRG Second Series of Webinars

Many of you supported the first series of webinars we held from May-July 2020 and we were delighted with the positive response, especially from those new to IPCRG. As a quick reminder, recordings of the first series of IPCRG webinars can be found at:
We are now planning our second webinar series, with two types of virtual meetings – “Confidence In” and “Complexity In”.  Further details of these webinars will be available soon. 
Change Programmes
Our social movement to disrupt the way asthma care is thought about, delivered and received is spreading. 
We now have teams in the Netherlands, Greece, Argentina and Australia adapting, testing and innovating materials to have conversations about what is right care, and how do we identify and act on over-reliance on symptom relief and underuse of anti-inflammatory inhalers.

We are soon launching an online learning for community pharmacists in South Africa in partnership with AstraZeneca and the Independent Community Pharmacist Association, written entirely by our amazing pharmacist colleagues.

Our Spanish team has been part of a movement to ensure SABA is no longer available over the counter in pharmacies.

We have been working with Professor Rob Horne and his team to continue the development of the SABA Reliance Questionnaire and its use as part of the Reliver Reliance Test. We’re now working on translations and implementation using small tests of change.
IPCRG are working on capacity building and educational projects in partnership with the RESPIRE project at the University of Edinburgh, funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The RESPIRE/IPCRG Leadership School is an online educational and development programme for aspiring respiratory leaders from partner countries including Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan. Originally planned as a face to face meeting, the programme has been adapted to take place online and includes three weekend meetings, a virtual learning environment, and participant mentoring. The first two meetings took place in September and October 2020, with 17 participants from five countries. The programme has been designed  and delivered by 5 Faculty from PCRS-UK and members of the IPCRG core team including Prof Amanda Barnard. Adapted from a UK programme with a successful track record -  the School is designed around IHI Quality Improvement (QI)  principles to develop:     

a. An understanding of self 
b. An understanding of the system you are working within 
c. An understanding of variation in systems of care and outcomes 
d. An understanding of psychology and human behaviours 
e. An understanding of theories that people hold (beliefs) 

Participants will identify and work on a small scale improvement projects and report on their progress, impacts and personal learning. All the participants will be supported by a personal Mentor/ Coach from the Faculty for six months. We hope that "graduates" from this leadership programme become the facilitators for a new generation of respiratory leaders.  
RESPIRE Research School

This highly successful school has now completed. Congratulations to the Pakistan team who won first prize, and to the runners-up, from Bangladesh and India. 

A teaching faculty led by Dr Alice Malpass, introduced the main concepts and methods of qualitative research.  We had over 30 participants split into 6 teams working with 1 or more IPCRG mentors over three consecutive half days online to prepare a costed research protocol that was presented on the fourth day to a judging panel chaired by Prof Hilary Pinnock.   

All research ideas were extremely well presented; four focused on the impact of COVID-19. The winning entry will explore the Barriers and Facilitators to implementation of self-protective behaviours among community pharmacists and pharmacy staff during COVID 19. The Bangladesh team want to find funding to research Experiences and perceptions of self-medication post-covid 19: a qualitative study with Rohingya refugees. The Indian team want to find funding to undertake a Qualitative study of barriers and enablers of providing and receiving health care in specialized Covid-19 hospital wards. These three teams will each have further mentoring to improve their qualitative research skills.  

Many thanks to our faculty and mentors to deliver this programme in a really engaging way online and to the participants for working intensely to get their presentations ready in time.
Respiratory primary healthcare in resource-constrained settings: MOOC on FutureLearn

We are co-producing a massive open online course (MOOC) with RESPIRE partners and the University of Edinburgh. The course is designed for primary or community healthcare workers with an interest in diagnosis and management of respiratory care/ primary care in resource constrained countries. This will be a five week course (about 3 hours of study per week), that will be freely available to a global audience. As a flexible, distance learning course, students can fit their online studies around their professional and home lives. 

The course content is developed by IPCRG and RESPIRE colleagues working in primary care low resource settings.  It is divided into the following five modules:  
  • Module 1: The global burden of chronic respiratory disease
  • Module 2: Diagnosis and management of asthma in resource-constrained settings
  • Module 3: Diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in resource-constrained settings
  • Module 4: Diagnosis and management of other chronic respiratory diseases common in resource-constrained settings 
  • Module 5: Implementing care for people with chronic respiratory disease in resource-constrained settings. Top tips and service development.
We plan to launch the MOOC in autumn 2020, with the first course run in early 2021. 
Rational use of inhaled medications for the patient with COPD and multiple comorbid conditions: Guidance for primary care

New case studies have been developed by our multinational faculty, with presentation slides and a video available to assist their use for teaching. The accompanying Desktop Helper is available in several languages here.

A live discussion: COPD and multimorbidity

Additionally, we have filmed a live discussion, sharing practical advice to overcome the challenges of management of multimorbidity in different countries and settings from the primary care point of view, and achieve good collaboration with secondary care.  

Thank you to Boehringer Ingelheim for an unrestricted educational grant to take forward this programme.

Congratulations to the FRESH AIR team in Crete that has been awarded a prize for its innovation and impact by the Greek organisation "Healthcare Business Awards" ( in the category "Research Work in Universities/Educational Institutes/Research Centers/Hospitals".

For all FRESH AIR updates and publications
Treatment of allergies in primary care: Allergen immunotherapy
On behalf of the European  Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology we invite you to complete a questionnaire on Awareness and practice of allergen immunotherapy in primary care in Europe - responses this week would be very well received! 
New Partner
IPCRG is now working with Translators without Borders to provide additional translations of our materials that can be checked and adapted by our members where necessary.

Translators without Borders (TWB) is a non-profit organization offering language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies, and other non-profit organizations on a global scale. Their vision is a world where knowledge knows no language barriers.
Publications from our members
Here is a list of some of the recent publications from our research partnerships and members most relevant to our community. If you have a recent publication you would like us to feature please send the details to
Monsur Habib from Bangladesh has recently completed a live TV and Facebook programme on COVID-19 and smoking. He talked about post COVID-19 pulmonary rehabilitation.
Current Projects
We will shortly be publishing a desktop helper on remote respiratory consultations, and are working on a policy paper and how-to videos. This programme of work is funded by a scientific educational program grant from Boehringer Ingelheim. 

If you have any papers in press or data you want to share on this topic, it’s not too late!  Please email
In Memorandum
A very active member of IPCRG Pakistan, Dr Muhammad Dost from Peshawar, passed away in September. He had participated and presented oral and poster presentations at IPCRG seminars and conferences. He was hard working, focused and keen to develop himself professionally. He was involved in many research projects and was working as a provincial coordinator for drug-resistant TB and HIV.
We are very sorry to report the death of Dr. Radmila Ristovska, Republic of North Macedonia. 
Radmila will remain in the collective memory as one of the pillars and most important personalities in the Republic of North Macedonian family medicine. She was a humane person, doctor, dedicated teacher and scientist, who for more than two decades contributed to the initial and further development of family medicine, strengthening medical education, as well as to the development of research in primary health care in the country.

Read more about her career and contribution here.
Go to to find out more about the IPCRG, a charity working locally in primary care and collaborating globally to improve respiratory health so that we can achieve our vision of a global population breathing and feeling well through universal access to right care.

With our best wishes,
Janwillem Kocks              
President IPCRG             

Siân Williams
The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is a charity registered in Scotland working internationally (SC No: 035056) and a company limited by guarantee (Company number 256268)
The IPCRG is the Respiratory Special Interest Group of WONCA Europe and an Organisation in Collaborative Relations with WONCA Global 

The IPCRG is the primary care representative on WHO-Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Planning Executive

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