RCGP response to BJGP study on asthma diagnosis in children

Publication date: 26 February 2016

Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to a report published by the British Journal of General Practice on overdiagnosis of asthma in children in primary care in the Netherlands.

She said, "Asthma is an extremely distressing condition affecting one in 11 children, and GPs are highly trained to identify symptoms, prescribe appropriately and monitor treatment to help patients of all ages manage their condition.
“There is, however, no single test that can definitively diagnose asthma, and this can make it difficult to do in primary care, particularly when some common symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses.
“Some useful diagnostic tests are already available in primary care in the UK, but we need increased investment so that we can broaden GP access to this equipment and undergo the training necessary to use it in the best interests of our patients.”

Further Information

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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