Managing the impact of air pollution on respiratory health
Air pollution needs to be addressed urgently not only as a threat to the environment, but for individuals as a threat to respiratory health. Pharmacists can be key to managing respiratory care and activating practical change amongst patients in their communities. They can improve patient health outcomes by enabling timely diagnosis via early screening mechanisms, optimizing medicine selection and providing education and counselling to patients, but also proactively informing and supporting patients in adopting preventative measures against air pollution so that they can breathe better (respiratory wellness). This presentation will focus on aspects that the pharmacist need to know about air pollution and respiratory health.