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  • Primary Care IG Business Meeting, Vienna 2016

    Primary Care IG Business meeting will take place during EAACI annual Congress in Vienna on 13th June 2016, time 17:30-18:40

    Welcome – Primary Care IG Chair

    Dermot Ryan, UK

    1.   Introductory Lecture:

    Guidelines in Primary Care

    Aziz Sheikh, UK

    2.   Update on group activities

    3.   Future plans and strategy

    4.   AOB
    Last updated: 10 March 2016
  • Postgraduate Course for Primary Care Doctors at EAACI 2016 in Vienna on 11 June 2016


    The EAACI Primary Care Interest Group (PCIG) invites you to the Postgraduate Course for Primary Care doctors. PCIG is a Specialist Interest Group of WONCA Europe.

    Learn and develop a diagnostic and therapeutic pathway in a relaxed environment
    The Postgraduate Course for Primary Care doctors is designed to reproduce real situations in a virtual and safe medical setting. The purpose is for GPs and specialists to work together on challenging cases as an example of integrated care and interactive learning. Course participants will get to explore various decision points similar to during a regular consultation.

    • 27 year old man with complaints of cough
    • 6 year old child with anaphylaxis during birthday party
    • 36 year old female patient with intermittent itchy rash

    The course is held in German and English and will be CME Accredited.
    When: Saturday 11 June 2016
    German: 09:00 – 12:30
    English: 14:00 – 17:30

    Where: EAACI Congress 2016, Vienna, Austria
    Price: EUR 85
    Reduced fee for EAACI Junior Members, nurses, dietitians, lab technicians and students: EUR 60

    Clinical Village Access
    The Postgraduate course includes access to the Clinical Village. The Clinical Village offers an excellent opportunity to try out different procedures and equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases. It provides a perfect platform to explore a combination of both theoretical and practical topics, both for specialists-in-training as well as for clinicians wanting to update themselves on topics adjacent to their core business. For more details on the Clinical Village please click here.

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    Aufbaukurs Allergie für Allgemeinmediziner

    Die Interessensgemeinschaft (IG) für Allgemeinmedizin der Europäischen Akademie für Allergie und klinische Immunologie (EAACI) lädt zu einem Aufbaukurs im Bereich Allergie ein.

    EAACIs IG für Allgemeinmedizin ist auch Teil der Europäischen Gesellschaft für Allgemeinmedizin (WONCA Europe)

    Erarbeiten Sie in kollegialem und entspanntem Umfeld Diagnose- und Behandlungspfade komplexer Fälle.

    Der Aufbaukurs für Allgemeinmediziner reproduziert realistische Situationen in einem sicheren virtuellen Umfeld. Gemeinsam erarbeiten Spezialisten und Allgemeinmediziner anspruchsvolle Fälle mit dem Ziel, miteinander und  voneinander zu lernen und die integrierte Versorgung von Allergiepatienten zu optimieren. Die Teilnehmer werden anhand zahlreicher realistischer Entscheidungsmomente eine tatsächliche Konsultation nachvollziehen.

    Drei Szenarien werden besprochen:

    • 27-jähriger Patient mit Hustenbeschwerden
    • 6-jähriges Kind mit Anaphylaxie während einer Geburtstagsfeier
    • 36-jährige Patientin mit sporadischem juckenden Ausschlag

    Der Kurs wird vormittags in Deutsch und nachmittags in Englisch gehalten und qualifiziert für 4 Fortbildungspunkte.

    Wann: Samstag 11 Juni 2016
    Deutsch: 09:00 – 12:30
    Englisch: 14:00 – 17:30

    Wo: EAACI Congress 2016, Wien, Österreich
    Preis: EUR 85
    Ermässigt (EAACI Junior Members, Pflege/Laborpersonal, Studenten): EUR 60


    Clinical Village

    Der Aufbaukurs ermöglicht ausserdem den Besuch des “Clinical Village“, 14 Stände bei denen praktische Aspekte von Diagnostik und Behandlung von Allergien präsentiert werden. Das Clinical Village verbindet in idealer Weise Theorie und Praxis. Mehr Informationen finden Sie hier.

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    Last updated: 12 May 2016
  • Report: WONCA EUROPE 2015, October 22-25 2015, Istanbul

    Primary care 1

    Dermot Ryan

    Elizabeth Angier

    Catalina Panaitescu

    Miguel Roman-Rodriguez

    WONCA Europe annual meeting is a regional meeting of WONCA, the primary care umbrella organization of National colleges and associations. This years meeting was attended by more than 3,500 delegates from more than 80 countries.


    PCIG EAACI was established during the 2013 meeting held in Milan. The objectives of the PCIG were manifold, but chief amongst them was the need to raise awareness of allergy within primary care.

    We approached WONCA early in 2014 with a view to becoming a WESIG ( WONCA Europe Special Interest Group) with a view to raising awareness. We were accepted at the WONCA conference in 2014 in Lisbon and subsequently invited to submit symposia for the meeting in Istanbul this year. Our title within WONCA is PCAIG: Primary Care Allergy Interest Group. Initially two symposia were submitted but we proceeded with only one, which was reclassified as a workshop, due to financial restraints. Unlike other organizations WONCA does not provide any support to speakers, invited or otherwise.

    Dermot Ryan attended the WONCA executive Committee in Istanbul meeting as an observer, and made contact there with Dr Andree Rochfort ( liaison officer) Professor Manfred Maier, Professor of primary care Vienna, who is assisting in establishing our primary care day in Vienna in 2016, Prof Roar Maaagaard, Professor of Primary Care , University of Aarhus, who will be organizing the next years conference in Copenhagen and Professor Amanda Howe, Professor of General Practice university of East Anglia, President elect of WONCA World.

    The second and much more important meeting that we were invited to, and attended, was WONCA Europe Executive Board meeting with WONCA Europe Special Interest Groups. This was attended by five special interest groups (SIGS). A full and open discussion was held in which the proponents of all SIGs made the case for their existence and importance in terms of improving the quality of care.

    An undertaking was made to ensure that SIGs achieved greater visibility within the organization. Dermot Ryan highlighted the almost complete absence of knowledge of allergy within Europe and how this was damaging patients.

    The workshop, which had three items:

    Poorly controlled asthma

    Dermot Ryan

    Developing information systems to improve allergy care

    Miguel Román Rodríguez

    Anaphylaxis: A Primary Care Approach

    Elizabeth Angier

    was well attended by around two hundred delegates. Excellent presentations were made and many questions were asked.

    PCIG was also requested to present in a Grand Session on SIGs and their contribution to Family medicine. Presentations were given by the Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Allergy and Diabetes SIGS. This session, held in a hall capable of holding 400 people attracted no more than a handful of delegates as it coincided with a key note speech. All SIGs were very disappointed.

    What have we learnt:

    WONCA is a good forum within which to work.

    •     There is an appetite to learn more about allergy.

    •     There is an expectation that we will provide educational resources on our website for Family Physicians.

    •     Our profile at this meeting needs to be enhanced by the provision of a stand with paper inserts about the group and sessions as part of the conference pack

    •            We need to publicize that membership of EAACI is free for all those under 35 years of age. The vehicle for this would be through the Vasco de Gama movement (The Vasco da Gama Movement is the WONCA Europe working group for new and future GPs)

    Next steps

    •     A bid has already been submitted for a budget to support a symposium provided by EAACI to WONCA  Europe 2016 in Copenhagen 15th -18th June.

    •     To contact the Vasco da Gama movement

    •     To work with other SIGs on areas of mutual clinical interest and  primary care policy

    •     To develop a range of educational tools for our website or to provide reciprocity ( as we have done with the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Coeliac guidelines)

    •     To request of the EAACI executive to have a stand at this meeting but also at the IPCRG world meeting to be held in Amsterdam in 2016 25-28 May. We are hosting a symposium there. IPCRG are having a symposium at EAACI in Vienna and have been invited to supply one for Helsinki for 2017.

    •     To work to provide one symposium at WONCA 2016

    •     We have also agreed with IPCRG to submit a joint symposium between IPCRG an EAACI

    •     To work towards some pricing structure with the EAACI Executive to encourage membership. ( Suggest reduced fees with online journal access for members of National Colleges and Associations

    Dermot Ryan

    Liz Angier

    Catalina Panaitescu

    Miguel Roman-Rodriguez

    Link to WONCA Europe website – click here
    Last updated: 20 January 2016
  • Minutes of Primary Care IG Business Meeting, EAACI Congress, Barcelona 2015

    This resource is for EAACI members only. To log-in use your EAACI username & password. If you are not a member of the EAACI, click here to join us.
    Last updated: 26 September 2015
  • Primary Care IG Chair's interview

    In the front line, Viata Medicala, NUMARUL 15 (1317), 10.04.2015

    Special interest groups – a method to adapt family medicine to modern practice

    Dr. Dermot Ryan is a G
    eneral Practitioner at Woodbrook Medical Centre, Loughborough,UK and Chairperson of the Primary Care Interest Group of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI).

    -       How started your interest in the area of allergic diseases?

    -       General Practice is a complex occupation, having to be all things to all men (and women) with a reasonable amount of knowledge in most of the disease areas to the extent that most of us know a considerable amount about a lot, in comparison to our specialist colleagues who tend to know a lot about a little. It is this broad overview of medicine, disease and life which empowers us to take a holistic view of the patient and their problems and come up with a management solution for the individual patient which encompasses the physical, psychological dimensions of the patient. As time goes by we may find an area of medicine which gives us personally greater personal satisfaction and it is this drive which leads us to perhaps discover more about that particular area of practice and leads us to develop enhanced skills and knowledge to provide an improved level of service for our patients. It was some five years after I had qualified as a GP in Ireland that arrived at an interest in asthma from which the allergy interest developed. As a group of young GPs in the 1980’s we formed a local group that would meet monthly to discuss certain disease areas and their management. It was at one of these that we decided one evening to discuss asthma at our next meeting. I realized almost immediately that my knowledge of asthma was very limited and so I set about reading about asthma and its management and then going about looking after my patients differently. It soon became apparent that within a short period of time, using appropriate treatments, that I was able to rapidly improve the lives of those who suffered from this disease. Soon after this the General Practitioners in Asthma Group (GPIAG) was started and I joined the committee and eventually chairman of this group.

    -       How have you expanded then the area of interest?

    -       It was soon apparent that Asthma was not the only common chronic respiratory disorder encountered in primary care and we rapidly expanded our horizons to include COPD, Rhinitis, smoking cessation, community acquired pneumonia and others, and changed our name to the General Practice Airways Group which recently became the Primary Care Respiratory Society and from which was developed the International Primary CareResiratory Group at the annual scientific meeting of 2000. We soon realized that the management guidelines given to general practice did not meet our needs and recognized the imperative to develop an evidence base for primary care solutions for primary care problems and established an Academic department of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine at the University of Aberdeen in 2001. We also recognized that it was unlikely that existing specialist journals would publish research from primary care and so established the Primary Care Respiratory Journal (now npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine) which has the second highest impact amongst primary care journals and is the tenth highest ranked respiratory journal globally.

    -       Why a Primary Care Interest Group of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)?

    -       The long preamble above is of some importance. Much of asthma and rhinitis has an allergic basis; the most severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) kills people by its effect on the lungs, thus there is a large overlap between allergy and respiratory disorders. However the rate of increase the incidence and prevalence of allergic diseases over the last decade or so, has been alarming. Our patients needs are not met which in turn leads them into the grasp of unprincipled charlatans who perform tests of no scientific value and administer treatments of no therapeutic value. Furthermore, the majority of Medical Schools in Europe have no allergy teaching on their undergraduate curriculum and very few training schemes incorporate structured allergy care in postgraduate training schemes for GPs. Thus we have the perfect storm a huge demand for services coming to a medical workforce which is ill prepared to meet their needs. Similarly there is a paucity of allergists throughout Europe and globally. The purpose of our PCIG is to 1. Raise the profile of allergic disease amongst General practitioners. 2. Develop and provide educational resources to help GPs fill these gaps in their knowledge and skills. 3. To act as an interface between generalists and specialists in order to make sensible achievable recommendations concerning the delivery of allergy care 4. Lobbying at European level in order to publicize allergy and gain he resources necessary to treat it.

    -       How can family doctors become members of EAACI?

    -       Membership of EAACI is free to all doctors under the age of 35, all you have to do is join! Above 35 years of age there is a fee and this can be done online. There are numerous benefits for example free access to three journals (Allergy, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and Clinical and Translational Allergy). There are numerous Allergy schools on differing aspects of allergy held each year along with an annual Scientific Meeting. In the UK as a GP I can also be a member of the BSACI (British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) which also has a primary care interest group. There is a Romanian Allergy society www.sraic.rowhich currently does not have a primary care section.

    -       You work in a practice group. Is there any practical consequence of your interest in this field? E.g. does your colleagues refer their allergic patients to you?

    -       In my group practice we have 6 general practitioners for 9050 patients. In the UK we provide pediatric, gynecology and obstetrics services as well as general medical surgical and psychiatric services. Thus we are all generalists but some of us have increased our knowledge and special skills in certain areas. In our practice we have amongst the partners: Family planning, respiratory, allergy, diabetes, musculoskeletal and palliative care skills. This is a great resource because we make referrals within the practice to each other or simply ask for a second opinion from our colleagues. The health service in the UK does not permit referral to other General practices although there are elements of that which are changing such as for example. minor surgery. There is a greater pool of skills in nearby practices (there are ten in our town of 70,000) and we certainly have informal discussions with each other about individual patients and currently about developing services to allow our skills to be further shared. In conclusion the development of special interests in primary care is rewarding in many different ways. For the individual physician it allows to scope to further develop professionally with some countries having GPSIs (General practitioners with a Special Interest) in a variety of disease areas. For a practice it means that patients can look forward to enhanced skills on their door-step. At a national level special interest primary care societies may act as a catalyst for change, informing specialists of the potential of primary care, influencing national guidelines and assisting in service innovation and development. In some countries special interest organizations work out with the National Primary Care Society (such as in the UK) but collaborate both with them and specialist societies and in some countries special interest groups work within existing structures. One thing is certain, primary care needs to adapt and change as medical advances continue: developing a special interest is one way in this may be achieved.

    To view the original version click here

    (interview realised by Dr. Catalina Panaitescu)

    Last updated: 14 September 2015
  • Agenda for Primary Care IG Business meeting, EAACI 2015 Barcelona

    Primary Care IG business meeting will take place during EAACI Congress in Barcelona on 9th June 2015

    Room 113, time 17:30 – 18:40

    Welcome from Chair Dr. Dermot Ryan 

    (Please can everyone sign in with email addresses)

    Talk by Professor Hans-Jurgen Hoffman

    Title “The role of diagnostics in allergy management “

    1 Minutes of 2014 meeting already on web

    2 Summary of last year, and planned activities this year

    3 Discussion of ideas for engagement strategy

    4 Any other ideas re website or activities

    5 AOB

    Last updated: 11 May 2015
  • EAACI PCIG Allergy Educational Needs Questionnaire

    EAACI Primary Care Interest Group Allergy educational needs questionnaire is now online.
    The purpose of the questionnaire is to try and discover what educational needs those working in primary/community care have and how they would like to have these needs met.
    The deadline for answering the questionnaire is 15 September. It will take no more then 10 minutes to complete.
    Two email addresses of respondents will be drawn randomly and the winners will be entitled to fee registration at the EAACI congress in Barcelona 6-10 June 2015

    To take the survey click here

    Last updated: 07 November 2014
  • EAACI Symposium on the Role of Primary Care in the Management of Allergies held during 7th IPCRG World Conference

    The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is having its seventh World Conference in Athens 21-24 May 2014. Within the body of the meeting EAACI will be presenting a symposium on the role of primary care in the management of allergies, co-chaired by Nikos Papadopoulos and Dermot Ryan and featuring presentations on taking an allergy history, the use of diagnostics in allergy in primary care and examining the one airway hypothesis.
    Last updated: 07 November 2014
  • Oral Abstract Sessions on Primary Care, Copenhagen 2014

    8th June 2014, Room B1, Bella Center, time 13:30-15:00

    OAS 8 Insights into allergic diseases in primary care

    Diana Church, United Kingdom
    Joao Fonseca, Portugal

    The evolving face of allergic disease management in primary care
    Diana Church, United Kingdom

    Intranasal corticosteroid treatment failure in allergic rhinitis: assessment of unmet need by measuring shift to multiple therapies
    Dermot Ryan, United Kingdom

    The factors for persistent atopic dermatitis for the first 3 years of age and after in children with food allergy
    Ozlem Cavkaytar, Turkey

    Evaluation of allergic rhinitis and asthma control in a Portuguese Community Pharmacy setting
    Olga Lourenco, Portugal

    Pharmacists can help to detect undiagnosed moderate-severe respiratory allergy. An EFA pilot study in Vienna, Austria
    Otto Spranger, Austria

    Familiarity with the clinical picture and treatment methods of hymenoptera venom allergy (HVA) by Polish general practitioners (GPs)
    Marita Nittner-Marszalska, Poland

    Determination of the minimal clinically important difference in symptom score in seasonal allergic rhinitis: a prospective study in primary care
    Philippe Devillier, France

    11th June 2014, Room B7, Bella Center, time 10:30-12:00

    OAS 36 Assessing control in primary care

    Mike Thomas, United Kingdom
    Dermot Ryan, United Kingdom

    New tools to assess asthma control in primary care
    Mike Thomas, United Kingdom

    Does nasal nitric oxide correlate with obesity in allergic and nonallergic rhinitis?
    Ayse Baccioglu, Turkey

    Biomarkers in exhaled breath and the nose: relation with allergy and asthma symptoms in primary school children
    Gudrun Koppen, Belgium

    Utility of allergen-specific IgE measurements for supporting the diagnosis of hen´s egg, cow´s milk and wheat allergy
    Sakura Sato, Japan

    Assessing allergic rhinitis symptom control: results from a digital survey conducted during EAACI 2013
    David Price, United Kingdom

    Participation and satisfaction of an online educational research project for parents of children with food allergy
    Javier Contreras-Porta, Spain
    Last updated: 07 November 2014
  • Primary Care Symposium, Copenhagen 2014

    Symposium on Emerging themes in primary care will take place during EAACI annual Congress in Copenhagen on 10th June 2014.
    Room C1, Bella Center,

    time 15:30-17:00

    SYM 36 Emerging themes in primary care

    Dermot Ryan, United Kingdom
    Elisabeth Angier, United Kingdom

    Primary prevention of allergy
    Adnan Custovic, United Kingdom

    The eosinophil in primary care asthma
    David Price, United Kingdom

    Food allergy in infants: pointers and pitfalls
    Trevor Brown, United Kingdom
    Last updated: 07 November 2014
  • Primary Care Interest Group Business Meeting, Copenhagen 2014

    Primary Care IG Business meeting will take place during EAACI annual Congress in Copenhagen on 8th June 2014.
    Room B8, Bella Center, time 10:30-12:00

    Welcome and introduction. Dermot Ryan, UK


    Opening Lecture. Emerging Allergies in Pediatrics the Importance of Primary Care.
    Professor Susan Prescott, Australia


    Questions Agenda


    Where we are after one year
    1. Update task forces
    a. Questionnaire on educational needs Primary Care
    b. Allergy Atlas planning stage

    2. Primary Care Allergy School - A Holistic Approach Oct/Nov 2014 content and promotion
    3. Ideas for the website 4. Liaison with other patient and primary care societies including WONCA
    5. Ideas for other task forces and volunteers
    6. Liaison with other Sections /IGs
    7. Conference planning WONCA session 2015 EAACI Barcelona session 2015

    AOB and suggestions from the group, re research, activities
    Last updated: 07 November 2014
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