Respiratory Special Interest Group (SIG)

Respiratory illness is a common issue for frail older people, and includes conditions such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. There are several areas of concern for BGS members including appropriate use of oxygen, changes in lung function with age and inhaler technique. Newer treatments in fibrotic lung disease need highlighting and the effects of air pollution on the oldest people are being evaluated.

This SIG was set up with the intention of improving the prevention, diagnosis and management of respiratory disease in our older patients, through education, creating cross-specialty links and gathering together appropriate resources and research in one area. The SIG has had the privilege of working on a number of steering groups on behalf of the BGS, including the emergency oxygen guidelines, the National audit of COPD and currently the Taskforce for Lung Health. Our Chair also comments on a number of policy documents.

We are currently in the process of updating our webpage to make this resource as useful as possible, to both the casual visitor and the regular reader. If you have any thoughts about what you would like to see on the SIG webpage, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you! Please also join the SIG if you have not already done so – it’s free and you do not need to be a BGS member to do so.

In the meantime why not take a look at the recent research articles published which are relevant to this SIG – see below – plus our new Blog series will be starting soon. We also have popular sessions that are organised at Spring or Autumn conferences and we look forward to seeing you at one of these.