Prioritising primary care respiratory research needs: results from the 2020 International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) global e-Delphi exercise

Arwa Abdel-Aal, Karin Lisspers, Siân Williams, Peymané Adab, Rachel Adams, Dhiraj Agarwal, Amanda Barnard, Izolde Bouloukaki, Job F M van Boven, Niels Chavannes, Andrew P Dickens, Frederik van Gemert, Mercedes Escarrer, Shamil Haroon, Alex Kayongo, Bruce Kirenga, Janwillem W H Kocks, Daniel Kotz, Chris Newby, Cliodna McNultyEsther Metting, Luis Moral, Sophia Papadakis, Hilary Pinnock, David Price, Dermot Ryan, Sally J Singh, Jaime Correia de Sousa, Björn Ställberg, Stanley J Szefler, Stephanie J C Taylor, Ioanna Tsiligianni, Alice Turner, David Weller, Osman Yusuf, Aizhamal K Tabyshova, Rachel E Jordan*

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Respiratory diseases remain a significant cause of global morbidity and mortality and primary care plays a central role in their prevention, diagnosis and management. An e-Delphi process was employed to identify and prioritise the current respiratory research needs of primary care health professionals worldwide. One hundred and twelve community-based physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals from 27 high-, middle- and low-income countries suggested 608 initial research questions, reduced after evidence review by 27 academic experts to 176 questions covering diagnosis, management, monitoring, self-management and prognosis of asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions (including infections, lung cancer, tobacco control, sleep apnoea). Forty-nine questions reached 80% consensus for importance. Cross-cutting themes identified were: a need for more effective training of primary care clinicians; evidence and guidelines specifically relevant to primary care, adaption for local and low-resource settings; empowerment of patients to improve self-management; and the role of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)6
Number of pages12
Journalnpj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2022

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