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1.5 CPD hours

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1 CPD hour

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1 CPD hour

Key questions on LRTIs

Module summary
Professor Mark Woodhead answers questions from GP Dr David Russell on assessing an LRTI, admitting patients with pneumonia and when to prescribe antibiotics.
Learning objectives

This module offers the latest evidence-based advice on LRTI diagnosis and management, including:

  • Using CRP testing to guide antibiotic prescription
  • Taking sputum samples
  • Spotting pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Chest X-ray indications for suspected pneumonia


This module was first published in December 2012. It was reviewed by Professor Mark Woodhead in March 2015, updating the information on CRP testing and pneumonia diagnosis.


Professor Mark Woodhead is a consultant and honorary clinical professor in respiratory and general medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He was chair of the 2014 NICE pneumonia guideline development group and the European Respiratory Society 2011 lower respiratory infection guidelines group

Dr David Russell is a GP in Darlington

Date module published
Module due for review
Suggested number of CPD credits
Completing this module will earn you a certificate for a suggested
1.5 CPD hours
By showing evidence of impact you could double that to
3 CPD hours
What other GPs said after completing this module
Gowrie Devaraja
Really good
Cathy Lenaghan
good for revision
Venkata Ravi Kiran Coppisetty
good clinica points useull for daily practice it is very common condition in daily practice an d in oyut of hrs pts with copd asthma elderly it has helped to manage ots and demand for antibiotics
-good module with some helpful nuggets of information; very relevant to everyday practice.
Paul Begley