Bronchiolitis: when to reassure and monitor, and when to refer

Bronchiolitis is a lower respiratory tract infection, most often caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In severe illness it is associated with increased respiratory effort, difficulty feeding, dehydration and cyanosis.

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Managing adults with asthma in primary care: the four-stage consultation

The New Zealand adult asthma guidelines were released by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand in November, 2016.

Inhaled corticosteroids for adults with asthma

A key decision in asthma management is when to initiate an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS).

Adding a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) to asthma treatment for adults

If a patient using an inhaled corticosteroid for asthma has symptoms which are not adequately controlled...

Seasonal influenza vaccination update: 2017

Immunisation against influenza has begun for the 2017 season. Influvac is the sole subsidised influenza vaccine in 2017.

Topical antibiotics for skin infections: should they be prescribed at all?

In New Zealand, there has been an increasing rate of antibacterial resistance in...

Topical antibiotics for skin infections: when are they appropriate?

In the community, many patients have skin and soft tissue infections that are relatively minor...

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The ankle-brachial pressure index: An under-used tool in primary care?

Rochelle Clarke

Great article however adding how to cite would be a great help? I am currently a student at a PHC clinic where a wound project is underway, RN's & EN's are trained in ABPI tests with dopler readings and management of slow to heal venous ulcers, together with DN's they manage a patient and if healing is taking longer than 6 weeks? Referral is then made to the specialist. The project is in infancy & still determining if clinical outcomes for VLUs are better managed this way.

The ankle-brachial pressure index: An under-used tool in primary care?

Navin Sivalingam

Tis a shame, we do not delve into other cultures and ethnicities

Building cultural competence: the Medical Council's direction

Kate Wilson

Brief and to the point. Was unaware of prescribing guidelines. Thanks

Peer Group Discussion: Identifying and managing young people with mental health problems

Ciaran Edwards

GOLD 17 is now available with updated information such as LABA+LAMA combo preferred to LABA+ICS combo. This is in line with recent Cochrane review.

Upfront: Tips for prescribing newly-subsidised medicines for patients with COPD

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