Comment on: Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?
I completely agree. I have worked in both secondary and primary care where the majority of patients have been prescribed a variety of inhalers without any demonstration of use. Many inhalers do show the count down in doses but this does not reflect the technique. An overwhelming choice of pharmaceutical preparations adds to confusion to prescribers and patients; combined with concordance and attendance for monitoring places patient and practitioner in a no win situation.
The terminology around respiratory medicine is more varied, I believe, that that in many of the other principles. My experience in respiratory care is that patients want to know what respiratory problem they have; but understanding is limited.
Other specialities such as cardiology, have a dramatic, glamorous component to them. Whereas, sputum, does not really have the same appeal.
It would be fantastic to replicate the love your heart to love your lungs and generate the same equity of importance.
I think, that lung disease can be misrepresented in the fact that, as smoking is the leading cause of many lung disorders; perhaps a proportion of the general public still see it as something the patient themselves has deserved.
Personally, I have nursed countless medical conditions and have attended more cardiac/respiratory arrests than I wish I had; but still, to me, breathlessness due to whatever origin is the scariest thing to experience and witness.
I completely agree, respiratory medicine is the poor cousin and this must change to reflect the dynamic, important and vital area of public health that it is concerned with.