Better communication between primary & secondary care needed for asthma patients, says RCGP

Publication date: 23 January 2018

Responding to an Asthma UK survey on asthma care, Dr Imran Rafi of the Royal College of GPs said:

"GPs recognise that asthma is a serious and distressing condition and patients should be reassured that we and our teams are highly trained to manage asthma in partnership with our patients, including identifying symptoms, prescribing appropriately and monitoring treatment.

"In general practice, we encourage the use of personal asthma action plans for patients and we work with high-risk patients to ensure they are undergoing regular reviews of their asthma plans.

"GPs would like to spend more time with their patients, especially those with chronic diseases like asthma, but with severe GP shortages across the UK and rising demand for our services, this is increasingly difficult.

"This report recognises that we need better information sharing between primary and secondary care to improve the outcomes of patients with asthma, and we agree that this process needs to be more seamless to ensure patients are receiving the best possible care throughout.

"It is also vitally important that patients understand their treatment and how to properly use equipment, such as inhalers, and we support any measures that encourage patients to feel more confident to manage their condition effectively and appropriately."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7633/7410
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

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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