Project Name
The PEXACO study: Caring for adult patients with acute exacerbations of asthma or COPD in general practice.


Medical Research Council/NISCHR

Principal Investigator
Hasse Melbye, Tromsø University, Norway.

Nick Francis, Chris Butler, plus European partners

Type of study
Qualitative Focus Group

The care of asthma and COPD exacerbations will be investigated through four studies. The WSPCR is supporting Study 3 where focus international groups discussions (FGD) will be done with GPs, practice nurses and pulmonologists from 6 European countries (Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Norway), on assessment and medical treatment of patients with asthma and COPD, with a particular focus on exacerbations. The Wales component will be led by WSPCR clinical fellow, Dr Nick Francis.

School role
WSPCR supported

Link with RDG / CSG

Start date
January 2011

End date
December 2013