Quality prescribing for respiratory: a guide for improvement 2024-2027

Closed 31 Oct 2023

Opened 4 Sep 2023


We want to hear your views on the draft 'Quality prescribing for respiratory: a guide for improvement 2024-2027'.

Respiratory diseases are amongst our largest health concerns. We've all had illnesses or seasonal allergies that can affect our breathing. However, the scope of respiratory disease and the impact on sufferers are often misunderstood. Respiratory diseases are a major driver of health inequalities with a high prevalence in Scotland's most deprived areas. 

The Guidance is focused on meeting the following aims:

  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Minimise over-reliance on short acting reliever inhalers
  • Support the use of propellant free inhaler options where appropriate
  • Support safe disposal of inhalers

We have included the draft guide, plus a patient friendly version, within the consultation paper. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us to finalise the guide.

We will be holding a virtual consultation event during the consultation period and you can register your interest in attending by emailing EPandT@gov.scot.

Read the consultation paper (which contains the draft guidance).  

Useful information about responding to this consultation

As you complete your response, each page will provide the option to 'Save and come back later' at the bottom. This means you can save your progress and return to the consultation at any time before it closes. If you don't use this feature and leave the consultation midway through, your response will be lost.

Once you have submitted your response, you can enter your email address to get a pdf copy of your answers sent to you.

On the 'About You' page at the end of this consultation, organisations will have the opportunity to tell us more about their work and/or how their response was informed.

After the consultation has closed there will be a few months delay before any responses are published. This is because we must check any responses to be published abide by our Terms of Use.

A analysis report will usually be published some months after the consultation has closed. This report will summarise the findings based on all responses submitted. It will be published on the Scottish Government website and you may be notified about it if you choose to share your email address with us. You can also join our consulation mailing list where we regularly list newly published analysis reports (as well as new consultations).

Why your views matter

This consultation is for everyone. We would like to hear from anyone with an interest in respiratory disease including sufferers, carers and clinicians. Your feedback will help us further improve the guide.

What happens next

Following the closure date, all responses to the consultation will be analysed and recommendations made to the expert group in relation to changes and finalisation of the guidance.


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