International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) Guidelines: diagnosis of respiratory diseases in primary care

Mark Lionel Levy, Monica Fletcher, David Brendan Price, Thomas Hausen, Ron J Halbert, Barbara P Yawn

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Abstract

This Diagnosis paper constitutes the second of the IPCRG Guideline papers on the management of chronic respiratory diseases in primary care. Primary care health professionals are usually the first point of contact for patients who can present a wide range of initial symptoms which may or may not constitute their first presentation of a chronic disease such as asthma, COPD, or rhinitis. This paper is focussed upon the early identification and diagnosis of chronic respiratory diseases in primary care. It uses a symptom-based approach, and includes original questionnaires and diagnostic guides to help the primary care clinician proceed systematically through the diagnostic process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-34
Number of pages15
JournalPrimary Care Respiratory Journal
Volume15
Issue number1
Early online date27 Dec 2005
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • adult
  • asthma
  • child
  • chronic disease
  • differential diagnosis
  • humans
  • occupational diseases
  • primary health care
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • questionnaires
  • respiratory tract diseases
  • rhinitis
  • guideline
  • diagnosis
  • general practice
  • symptoms

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