PCCP To Conduct Research Workshop

As part of the training & research activities that the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) planned to offer to the accredited adult pulmonary medicine training institutions, the PCCP has recently organized “Research Workshop on Scientific Manuscript Writing and Publication Preparation” on November 8, 2014, Saturday at F1 Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. This research workshop is sponsored by Astra-Zeneca Phils Inc. but the facilitators and organizers are independent faculty members from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology of the University of the Philippines-Manila, College of Medicine.

At the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the process and format of manuscript writing for scientific studies with the aim of publication
  • Formulate a manuscript outline of current research study
  • Appreciate the different research methodologies and study designs applied in pulmonary medicine

A second workshop will be conducted in the same manner on January 2015 for the First Year Fellows-in-Training.


2014 World Spirometry Day Celebration

September 1, 2014 – The Spirometry Workshop will be at Bayanihan Hall, Mandaluyong Metro Manila from 9 to 4 pm . Target participants: pulmonary fellows in training. The objective is for them to learn Spirometry interpretation according to the standards the Council on Diagnostics of Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) has set since 2012 and how to make and recognize a good quality Spirometry test.

This year we have a partnership with Council on COPD in disseminating the manual on the standardization of performing and interpreting Spirometry testing all over the Philippines and hold Spirometry screening also to be able to know the prevalence of COPD in our country. This will be a five year project which we will hold nationwide.

July 9, 2014 – Spirometry Workshop among respiratory therapist and the trainors. Venue : Bayanihan Hall , Mandaluyong, Philippines. This aims to teach the respiratory therapists on how to do a quality spirometry tests to ensure quality tests during our nationwide Spirometry screening.

PCCP Advocacy. Target population: Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) street sweepers and traffic aides. The objective is to promote healthy lungs among our high risk population. We plan to do spirometry screening to these group of population yearly for 5 years targeting 500 patients yearly and correlating it with air pollution of the locality. Target date for project launch is September 17, 2014.


World Asthma Day

International report, local World Asthma Day activities support improved asthma control


May 6, 2014 – World Asthma Day 2014, organized and sponsored by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), will be held on May 6, 2014 as a partnership between health care groups and asthma educators to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world. GINA is proud to be a collaborator with the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)1 which will be working with multiple groups to organize and conduct World Asthma Day activities.

On World Asthma Day, GINA will launch a new edition of its Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention, a comprehensive and practical resource about one of the most common chronic lung diseases worldwide. The first major revision of this document in eight years builds on a strong existing evidence base, and provides an integrated approach to diagnosing, assessing and managing asthma that spans all ages and can be adapted to national and local needs. The report is presented as an easy-to-use resource for managing problems that health professionals encounter every day across a wide range of health systems.

“The new report reflects the latest science concerning the nature of asthma, an expanding interest in individualized health care, and greater awareness of the need for clinical recommendations to be feasible for implementation in clinical practice,” says Dr. Helen Reddel, Clinical Associate Professor at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. “This is a real time of transition in our understanding of chronic airways disease and how to manage it to improve outcomes for the patient.” As Chair of the GINA Science Committee, Dr. Reddel led the international group of asthma experts that produced the new report.

The report is being released on World Asthma Day, an annual awareness-raising event held the first Tuesday in May and organized by GINA. Dozens of events around the world will take place today around the theme “You Can Control Your Asthma.”

“As the prevalence of asthma increases in many countries around the globe, we need a practical strategy for translating scientific knowledge into improvements in patient care,” says Dr. Mark FitzGerald, Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and Chair of the GINA Board of Directors. “That strategy is what GINA aims to provide.”

Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide 2. It is characterized by recurrent difficulties with breathing, including symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma symptoms vary over time, and also from individual to individual.

Although asthma cannot be cured, it can be treated and controlled. Good asthma control means no, or very minimal, symptoms, and a low risk of asthma attacks or other poor outcomes. A person whose asthma is under good control can go to work or school, exercise, and participate fully in life.

“It has become clear in recent years that asthma control really has two components,” says Dr. Reddel. “Symptom control is crucial to reduce the burden of asthma in patients’ daily lives. But health care workers also must evaluate and minimize any risks that individual patients may have for poor outcomes like severe asthma flare-ups, side effects from treatment, or permanent airway damage.”

GINA was launched in 1993 to work with healthcare professionals and public health officials around the world to reduce the burden of asthma. The Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention is available at