Respiratory conditions - quality prescribing strategy: improvement guide 2024 to 2027

Respiratory conditions are a major contributor to ill health, disability, and premature death – the most common conditions being asthma and COPD. This quality prescribing guide is designed to ensure people with respiratory conditions are at the centre of their treatment.


A&A : Ayrshire & Arran

ACQ : (6) Asthma control Questionnaire

ACP : Activated Clotting Time

ACT : Asthma Control Test

AF : Anti-fibrotic

AHP : Allied Healthcare Professional

ANA : Anti-Nuclear Antibodies

ANCA : Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasm Antibodies

ANP : Advanced Nurse Practitioner

ARDs : Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

BMI : Body Mass Index

BNF : British National Formulary

BTS : British Thoracic Society

CAT : Computerized Axial Tomography

CF : Cystic Fibrosis

CO2 : Carbon dioxide

COPD : Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

CRP : C-reactive protein

CSH : Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

CXR : Chest X-ray

D&G : Dumfries & Galloway

DEXA : Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry

DPI : Dry powder inhaler

DTaP : Diptheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine

ECG : Electrocardiogram

ERS : European Respiratory Society

EU : European Union

FBC : Full blood count

FeNO : Fractionated Exhaled Nitric oxide

FEV1 : Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 Second

FV : Forth Valley

FVC : Forced Vital Capacity

GGC : Greater Glasgow & Clyde

GOLD : Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

GP : General Practitioner

GWI : Global Water Intelligence

GWP : Global warming potential

HFA : Hydrofluoroalkane

HIS : Healthcare Improvement Scotland

HSCP : Health and Social Care Partnership

ICS : Inhaled Corticosteroids

ILD : Interstitial Lung Disease

IPF : Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

IT : Information Technology

ITU : Intensive Therapy Unit

LABA : Long-Acting Beta2 Agonist

LAMA : Long-Acting Muscarinic Antagonist

LRA : Leukotriene receptor antagonists

MAB : Monoclonal antibody

MART : Maintenance and Reliever Therapy

MCN : Managed Clinical Network

MCR : Medicines care and Review

MDI/ pMDI : Metered Dose inhaler (pressurised)

MRC : Medical Research Council – Breathlessness scale

NCDs : Non-communicable Diseases

NHS : National Health Service

NICE : National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence

NRAD : National Review of Asthma Deaths

NTM : Nontuberculous Mycobacterial

OCS : Oral Corticosteroids

PFTs : Pulmonary Function Tests

PIS : Prescribing Information System

PRISMS : Prescribing Reporting Information System

QI : Quality Improvement

RAST : Radioallergosorbent Test

RCGP : Royal College of General Practitioners

SABA : Short-Acting Beta2 Agonists

SAMA : Short-Acting Muscarinic Antagonist

SAPG : Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing group

Sats : Saturations (Oxygen)

SIGN BTS : Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network / British Thoracic Society

SMC : Scottish Medicines Consortium

SPC : Summary of product characteristics

STU : Scottish Therapeutics Utility

TFT : Thyroid Function Test

U and Es : Urea and Electrolytes

VBA : Very Brief Advice

WHO : World Health Organisation



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