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IPCRG World Conference 2012
A few months ago I was invited to speak at the IPCRG World conference. The IPCRG (International Primary Care Respiratory Group) are a large group of primary care health care professionals, with a specialist interest in respiratory medicine, so a worthy group, no doubt. Being invited to speak at their world conference is certainly an honour, and one I wasn't expecting, so I was pleased to accept - where would the World Conference be this year? Where would I be jetting off to to?
Well; Edinburgh, it turns out.
When asked which flight I would want to arrive in Edinburgh on, I *did* think briefly of chartering private jet from Dundee to Edinburgh, but it seemed more ecologically sound to just drive the 60 miles down to Edinburgh instead.
The topic I was asked to speak on was slightly out of left field, and a little surprising to be asked - "Imaging the lung".
I have co-written a book on CXRs, so at least I could use the images from the book to illustrate important points, but primary care physicians request x-rays, and get reports back, they don't look at images and interpret them. So not an obvious route of what to talk about.
The other speakers in my group spoke on reliability in spirometry measurements; the utility of lower limit of normal rather than fixed FEV1/FVC ratios, the use of FENO as a daignostic tool for asthma in primary care, then me. They all had data to present, with graphs, tables, and references. I had none of those, of course, as there's little data on requesting CXRs from primary care, or if there is, I didn't think it would be very interesting.
Having the last 15 minute slot before lunchtime is never going to be the easiest slot to keep folk awake in, so I went for entertainment over, well, information. I managed to find the first ever x-ray ever taken, of Anna Bertha Röntgen's hand, and showed some nice pictures of Dundee. So, mission accomplished???
Immediately after the talk I was asked to give the talk again by 3 different members of the audience, and one of the chairs, so perhaps there's something in entertaining folk, rather than overloading them with tables and references?
Having given the talk I can return my focus to the lung cancer screening trial, of which more, later.
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