Free online course: Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) in Primary Care Settings

06 Jan 2022

An online course which gives learners the skills to recognise, diagnose and manage chronic respiratory diseases (CRD).

The Chronic Respiratory Diseases in Primary Care Settings course was developed for RESPIRE by the University of Edinburgh and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group with primary care clinicians in low resource settings.

It teaches best practice for recognising, diagnosing and treating diseases such as asthma and COPD as well as smoking cessation and palliative care in resource-poor settings.

The course

Hosted on FutureLearn with the University of Edinburgh, the course is based on the experience of primary healthcare workers in low resources settings. Using the best available evidence, it shares the skills and insights needed to ensure patient benefit when treating chronic respiratory diseases through case studies, videos and discussions.

Given the global variation in access to care, treatment and healthcare professionals, this course gives an understanding of how to adapt advice to the local context.

Potential learners

Primary healthcare workers play a key role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of respiratory disease.

This course is aimed at clinicians interested in chronic respiratory health particularly low- and middle-income settings. The skills gained in this course can be applied to multiple contexts and/or act as a refresher.



3,297 people in four cohorts have now enrolled on this MOOC.  The average score from reviewers is 4.7 (44 reviews)

Two more cohorts are planned for 2022/2023.   

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Course Summary

  • Module 1: The impact of chronic respiratory disease
  • Module 2: Diagnosis and management of asthma in resource-poor settings
  • Module 3: Diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary
  • Module 4: Diagnosis and management of other chronic respiratory disease common in resource-poor settings
  • Module 5: Implementing care for people with chronic respiratory disease in resource poor settings