A centralised respiratory diagnostic service for primary care: a 4-year audit

Elizabeth S. Starren, Nicola Roberts, Mehreen Tahir, Louise O’Byrne, Rachel Haffenden, Irem S. Patel, Martyn R. Partridge

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    Abstract

    The literature shows that delayed or erroneous diagnosis of respiratory conditions may be common in primary care due to underuse of spirometry or poor spirometric technique. The Community Respiratory Assessment Unit (CRAU) was established to optimise diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease by providing focused history-taking, quality-assured spirometry, and evidence-based guideline-derived management advice. This study aimed to review the service provided by the CRAU to primary care health professionals. Data from 1,156 consecutive GP referrals over 4 years were analysed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)180-186
    Number of pages7
    JournalPrimary Care Respiratory Journal
    Volume21
    Issue number2
    Early online date19 Mar 2012
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

    Keywords

    • respiratory disease
    • diagnostics
    • asthma
    • spirometry

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