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Explore diagnosis and management of respiratory disease using case studies from low resource settings.
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About This Course
On this course, you’ll get a world-class introduction in how to diagnose and manage respiratory disease in low- and middle-income primary care settings.
Explore how to treat chronic respiratory disease
Chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) place a huge burden on healthcare services worldwide, as recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO).
On the course, you’ll explore the physical, psychological, and social impact of chronic respiratory diseases on the individual, their family, and the wider community.
Improve your diagnostic skills
You’ll demonstrate an improved ability as a healthcare professional to diagnose and manage asthma, COPD, and other chronic respiratory diseases in children and adults.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to assess how to adapt your advice to the local context – taking into account your access to staff, care, and treatment in terms of the availability of local resources.
Learn to treat asthma and COPD alongside experts
The course is led by RESPIRE at the University of Edinburgh, and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG).
RESPIRE is led by global experts in respiratory disease, while IPCRG is a world network of primary care respiratory clinicians that works to improve respiratory health and CRD best practice.
Under their guidance, you’ll come away with increased confidence in your diagnostic skills and your ability to manage the healthcare resources available to you.
What topics will you cover?
- Module 1: The global burden of chronic respiratory disease
- Module 2: Diagnosis and management of asthma in resource-poor settings
- Module 3: Diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in resource-poor settings
- Module 4: Diagnosis and management of other chronic respiratory disease common in resource-poor settings
- Module 5: Top tips for implementing care for people with chronic respiratory disease in resource-poor settings
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
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 of care in terms of affordability and availability of resources
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for those working within or those with an interest in diagnosis and management of respiratory care/primary care in resource-constrained countries.
The course is aimed at all interested primary healthcare professionals in low- and middle-income countries. In particular, frontline healthcare workers in primary care and (where there may not be a primary care infrastructure) community healthcare workers (CHW).
It is applicable to staff (including doctors, nurses, and community healthcare workers) delivering primary healthcare in these countries, plus policy-makers, managers, community leaders, and individuals concerned about chronic respiratory disease.