Respiratory conditions

The bpacnz COPD prescribing tool has been updated

The bpacnz COPD prescribing tool was developed based on the...

December 2017

The bpacnz antibiotic guide: 2017 edition

The 2017 edition of the bpacnz antibiotics guide; "Antibiotics:...

July 2017

Pulmonary rehabilitation for people with COPD

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a behavioural intervention for patients...

May 2017

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

Bronchiolitis is a lower respiratory tract infection, most often...

April 2017

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

The New Zealand adult asthma guidelines were released by the...

April 2017

Inhaled corticosteroids for adults with asthma

A key decision in asthma management is when to initiate an inhaled...

April 2017

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

If a patient using an inhaled corticosteroid for asthma has...

April 2017

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

In March, 2016, subsidy changes came into effect for medicines...

August 2016

The COPD prescribing tool

This tool provides pharmacological treatment options for patients...

July 2016

Asthma in primary care

Updated asthma guidelines are expected to be released later...

June 2016

Upfront: Are blood eosinophil counts helpful in predicting patient responses to inhaled corticosteroids in COPD?

The risks and benefits of treatment with inhaled corticosteroids...

March 2016

Newly-subsidised medicines for the treatment of patients with COPD

Subsidy changes for medicines used to treat patients with COPD...

March 2016

Asthma education in primary care

Māori and Pacific peoples in New Zealand are disproportionately...

September 2015

Debate: Do you prescribe antibiotics for respiratory tract infections? An everyday conundrum in general practice

Appropriate prescribing of antibiotics for patients with respiratory...

June 2015

Delayed antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory tract infections: does the strategy work?

Delayed antibiotic prescribing, also known as a “back pocket...

June 2015

Is point-of-care CRP testing useful in guiding antibiotic prescribing in patients with respiratory tract infections?

Point-of-care CRP testing may help primary care clinicians to...

June 2015

Essentials for people with COPD

The interventions with the greatest potential to prevent further...

March 2015

Upfront - End-of-life care for patients with chronic disease: have we made a difference?

In late 2011 we published an article on end-of-life care for...

March 2015

Research updates

Shorter courses of oral corticosteroids for the management of...

March 2015

The optimal management of patients with COPD - Part 1: The diagnosis

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects approximately...

February 2015

The optimal management of patients with COPD - Part 2: Stepwise escalation of treatment

The progression of COPD can be slowed by providing support for...

February 2015

Medicine updates

Two newly funded medicines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary...

December 2014

Assessing wheeze in pre-school children

Wheeze in children aged less than five years has many potential...

November 2013

Cold season in primary care

Every year New Zealanders spend significant amounts of money...

April 2013

Upfront: Lung cancer in New Zealand

Lung cancer in New Zealand: overcoming barriers

November 2012

Obstructive sleep apnoea in adults

Obstructive sleep apnoea affects many adults in New Zealand,...

November 2012

Managing breathlessness in palliative care

Breathlessness is a complex and subjective symptom that is commonly...

October 2012

Bronchiolitis in infants

Bronchiolitis is the most common lower respiratory tract infection...

September 2012

Bronchiectasis: rates still increasing among Pacific peoples

Bronchiectasis is a lung disease characterised by irreversible...

September 2012

Pertussis: an avoidable epidemic

This article is out of date. Please see: Pertussis: halting...

August 2012

The management of community acquired pneumonia

Pneumonia is a significant cause of hospitalisation and mortality...

August 2012

Prescribing for children with asthma

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of childhood asthma...

April 2012

Diagnosis and management of COPD in Māori and Pacific peoples

COPD disproportionately affects Māori and Pacific peoples...

April 2012

Schedule changes for asthma inhalers

From 1 February, 2012 schedule changes for some asthma medicines...

February 2012

Diagnosing and managing asthma in children

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of childhood asthma...

February 2012

The nutritional management of unintentional weight loss in people with COPD

People with COPD are generally underweight, have reduced muscle...

May 2011

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults: Pneumovax23

Invasive pneumococcal disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae...

April 2011

Continuing care for pregnant women with asthma

When asthma is well controlled during pregnancy, there is little...

April 2011

News in brief

Changes to nicotine replacement therapy prescriptions | Topical...

February 2011

The burden of bronchiectasis in Pacific peoples

In most developed countries the incidence of bronchiectasis...

November 2010

Do cough and cold medicines work in children?

The short answer is no. There is little evidence that cough...

July 2010

Cough in children

Children who cough are frequently seen in general practice....

July 2010

Smoking related cancer morbidity and mortality

The majority of people with cancer will initially present to...

December 2009

Seasonal allergic rhinitis

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever,...

November 2009

Management of acute exacerbations of COPD in primary care

An update on COPD; acute exacerbations management, adapted...

September 2009

Childhood asthma programme summary

Te huango o te tamaitiA short overview of childhood asthma,...

July 2009

Self Management Plans for asthma - obsolete or needing a fresh start?

The asthma & respiratory foundation of New Zealand has developed...

June 2009

Diagnosing and managing influenza

In healthy people influenza is usually self-limiting and uncomplicated...

June 2009

Childhood Asthma: References

References and bibliography

May 2009

Asthma Education Desktop Prompt

This desktop prompt has been used extensively by GPs, practice...

May 2009

Asthma education for children and their families

Asthma education of the child and the family should lead to...

May 2009

Inequalities in asthma prevalence morbidity and mortality

Māori and Pacific children with asthma suffer more severe...

May 2009

Guide to asthma management in children

To compliment the childhood asthma decision support tool. This...

May 2009

Selected topics in asthma

Intermittent or persistent asthma? Which inhaled corticosteroid?...

May 2009

Bronchiolitis update

Bronchiolitis is the most common lower respiratory tract infection...

April 2009

Influenza vaccine

Influenza is a highly infectious acute respiratory disease....

April 2009

Why people smoke

There are many reasons why people begin smoking, continue to...

February 2009

The management of anaphylaxis in primary care

Anaphylaxis is a potentially fatal hypersensitivity reaction,...

December 2008

Anticholinergics for COPD

Two recent studies have raised concern that the use of ipratropium...

December 2008

The nutritional management of weight loss in COPD

People with COPD are generally underweight, have reduced muscle...

August 2008

Using nebulisers safely

Nebulisers are used to deliver bronchodilators to people with...

August 2008

Snippets: Anticonvulsants & Salbutamol

Anticonvulsants and suicide, subsidy changes for salbutamol,...

June 2008

Upfront: Reducing inequalities in asthma care for children

Reducing inequalities in asthma care for children.

June 2008

Asthma and chronic cough in Māori children

Māori children with asthma have greater hospital admission...

May 2008

Snippets: Varenicline & Smoking

Varenicline and suicidal behaviour. Wider access to quit cards.The...

May 2008

COPD in primary care: reminder and update

Managing COPD continues to be a major feature of primary care,...

December 2007

Smart?

In view of the recent promotion of the SMART regimen, the use...

December 2007

Dear Dave

Can Sumatriptan be used safely with SSRIs? Can you ever use...

August 2007

Remembering respiratory infections

Revisits the main points of our respiratory infections campaign...

May 2007

Winter Ills

Bronchiolitis | Cough in children | Fever in children | Acute...

May 2007

Management of acute asthma

In this article we pose four scenarios and asked Respiratory...

April 2007

Improving the care of children with asthma

Studies suggest that the majority of children with asthma do...

December 2006

10 minute audit

This audit is designed to identify people in your practice on...

December 2006

Update on the use of LABAs for the treatment of Asthma

Long acting beta agonists (LABAs) are useful drugs in asthma...

December 2006

COPD update

Tiotropium is an effective option | Long acting beta agonists...

October 2006

Dear Dave

Is it safe to use beta-blockers for cardiac disease in people...

October 2006

Rational use of Antibiotics in Respiratory Tract Infections

This resource outlines the principles of rational antibiotic...

August 2006

COPD Practice Nurses Guide

A guide for practice nurses on COPD covering spirometry, smoking...

May 2005

COPD POEM

The aim of these POEMs is to increase the safety and effectiveness...

April 2005

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