The Royal College of General Practitioners is the professional membership body for family doctors in the UK and overseas. This podcast is produced by the RCGP eLearning and Essential Knowledge Update teams and features discussions with clinical experts about a range of key topics in primary care.
Functional gastrointestinal disorders – irritable bowel syndrome
In this podcast, Professor Pali Hungin and Dr Emma Nash discuss functional gastrointestinal disorders. The podcast explores the nature of functional GI disorders, the evolving understanding of the pathophysiology behind them, and how this knowledge can help GPs manage the conditions. There is a focus on irritable bowel syndrome, including how it may be positively differentiated from other conditions, rather than made as a diagnosis of exclusion.
EKU2021.2: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Primary care clinicians need a clear and structured approach to the diagnosis and treatment of people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD). This can help clinicians to identify the small proportion of people who need urgent investigation or long-term surveillance, whilst offering holistic treatment aimed at symptom improvement for the larger population with symptomatic but benign GORD. In this podcast, Dr Thomas Round, a GP and EKU Clinical Lead, talks to Dr Kevin Barrett, a GP and member of the Primary Care Society of Gastroenterology about the advances in the diagnosis and management of gastroesophageal reflux.
Asthma, allergic rhinitis and one airway
In medicine we talk about the upper and lower airway, but in fact these two tracts are continuous with each other, lined with the same epithelium and affected by the same disease processes. In this podcast, Dr Toni Hazell and Professor David Price discuss how this knowledge affects the management of asthma and allergic rhinitis. Patients with asthma are more likely to have allergic rhinitis than the general population, and vice versa. By proactively asking about symptoms of allergic rhinitis in those with asthma, and vice versa, we can personalise our care and help patients to gain better control of both conditions.
Primary prevention of breast cancer
In this podcast, Dr Toni Hazell and Dr Nicola Weaver discuss the use of tamoxifen and some other drugs in the primary prevention of breast cancer for women who are at a moderate or high risk due to their family history. The podcast discusses the evidence behind the use of these drugs, as well as how to work out which women should be referred, referral pathways and the practicalities of prescribing for this purpose.
An educational grant was received by Health Innovation Manchester for the production of this podcast. Editorial and content decisions were made solely by the RCGP.
Detection of lung cancer in primary care
Lung cancer is common and the cause of a fifth of all cancer deaths. Early detection in primary care is key in improving survival rates by enabling curative treatment. In this podcast, Dr Sally Higginbottom and Dr Steve Holmes discuss the role of imaging and screening for lung cancer.
An educational grant was received by AstraZeneca for the production of this podcast. Editorial and content decisions were made solely by the RCGP.
The holistic approach to eczema
Eczema is often seen as purely a skin disease, but it is associated with other allergic conditions and can cause significant stress for patients and their families. In this podcast, Dr Toni Hazell and Dr Angelika Razzaque discuss the links between eczema and other allergic illnesses, the management of hand eczema, psychological stress due to eczema and how to manage children with disturbed sleep due to eczema.
An educational grant was received by Sanofi for the production of this podcast. Editorial and content decisions were made solely by the RCGP.
Overall pretty good.
Really great content, super useful summaries. The sound quality could be better though. It’s a bit hard to hear the speakers clearly if you’re listening anywhere other than a quiet environment.