Respiratory matters: the experts’ blog

Welcome to the new blog from ERS designed to give you an insight into the lives of respiratory leaders across the world.

Three bloggers will discuss different areas of respiratory health to give you an insight into the worlds of a clinician, a scientist and an allied health professional.


The opinions expressed in the blog and comments section do not reflect the opinions of the European Respiratory Society (ERS). ERS is also not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided within.

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The semantics of COPD exacerbations

12 July, 2017

COPD exacerbation as a result of pneumonia? …
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Moving away from therapeutic nihilism in COPD

3 May, 2017

Living with advanced COPD in 2002…
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The power of patients engaging in research and clinical care

22 March, 2017

I was going to write this blog on the important meeting that the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted on the significance of rehabilitation in…
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Precision respiratory medicine in clinical practice: at the balance between facts and trivia

5 January, 2017

Approximately half of the smoking population is considered susceptible to, and will develop, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)(1).
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The joy of working in an international consortium

17 November, 2016

I’m writing this blog in the Brussels airport lounge on the 9th of November. It is 5am and I see a surrealistic scenario unfold where our…
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Lack of integrated cardiopulmonary care

7 October, 2016

A well-recognized clinical problem, but do we have the heart to make a real change?…
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Dedicated medical training centres - a standard in European respiratory medicine?

28 June, 2016

Sylvia Hartl: Respiratory trainees often complain that specialist respiratory training does not fulfil their expectations in terms of quality…
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Yes we will! Bottom-up research priorities

28 June, 2016

Are we sharing a frustration?…
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Take the active option

27 June, 2016

For the duration of the ERS conference, Amsterdam was invited to think about the consequences of physical inactivity. Pedometers were given away…

Harmonising respiratory knowledge throughout Europe (and beyond)

Even although this blog should be about the vision of an allied health professional on the respiratory field it is hard to start it without a…
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Noninvasive ventilation: from acute to chronic intervention

27 June, 2016

Sylvia Hartl: The method of noninvasive ventilatory support (NIV) was established as a new standard treatment for ventilatory failure nearly 30…
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A proposal for a delayed New Years’ resolution: make use of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients who need it

27 June, 2016

Thierry Troosters: The turning of the year comes with New Year resolutions. In the United States the most frequently reported resolution was…
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The changing face of lung cancer treatment

27 June, 2016

Sylvia Hartl: As Head of a respiratory department in Austria, I care for patients suffering from lung cancer. In my country, the respiratory…
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The dynamics of respiratory science: towards 4D research

27 June, 2016

Peter Sterk: I am sure I am not the only one experiencing episodic excitement in science. We are not just robots, shifting protocols and papers,…
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