Breathlessness

This recording originally took place on 8 March 2017.
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Details

Audience: GPs (all grades)

What will this session cover?

10% of adults and 30% of older adults (65+) suffer from chronic breathlessness. It’s a symptom that is a strong predictor for admission to hospital and premature death. Do these people know they are breathless, or have they just stopped moving to avoid it? How would we know and do we ask?

This session will focus on the person suffering from daily disabling breathlessness. We will first explore how to safely assess a patient, determining whether at the time you see them they are having an acute event and then what you need to do to decide whether they can be looked after in the community or at home. The session will look at the systems, processes, knowledge and necessary tools required to ensure that people with chronic breathlessness are both accurately and completely diagnosed ensuring regular review so that therapies are effective and safe. What do we do when the causes of breathlessness are optimised – how should we then manage a patient who feels that they are breathless if this is objectively not the case, or who is breathless but their condition cannot be further optimised? What do we know now and where is recent research taking us?”

Learning outcomes

  • Feel more confident in doing a comprehensive assessment of breathlessness
  • Know how to work with people who are breathless when there are multiple causes and choices
  • Know when the patient needs input from a specialty other than the disease-specific team, for example palliative care

Benefits

CPD Certificate of participation

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 Flexible distance learning

 Watch in your own time

 1 CPD hour

 Includes speaker presentation slides

Dr Noel Baxter

Dr Noel Baxter

Noel is an NHS GP in Southwark, London. He is the respiratory champion there, providing peer support to GP and primary care nurse colleagues and working with specialist respiratory colleagues within a population based integrated respiratory service. He is a clinical commissioner for NHS Southwark CCG holding the portfolio for Quality and Safeguarding. He is the current Chair of the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK), leads the primary care workstream of the RCP national chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) audit for England and Wales and is currently a member of the NICE clinical guideline group for asthma management. Dr Baxter is a clinical advisor to the British Lung Foundation. He was co-lead of the London respiratory strategic clinical network from 2010 until its end in September 2016 and the London Clinical Senate ‘Helping smokers quit’ delivery team programme that completed in August 2016.

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