Healthcare Professionals

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The European Respiratory Roadmap: Introduction

A “roadmap” is an extended look at the future of a chosen field of inquiry composed from the collective knowledge and imagination of the brightest drivers of change in that field.[1]

The European Respiratory Roadmap (hereafter "roadmap"), the first of its kind, seeks to serve as a basis for the respiratory community to communicate with key decision and policy makers on the importance of a focused strategy for respiratory medicine.


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Chapter 1

Most of the chronic disability and death in Europe can be accounted for by four major health determinants: tobacco, physical inactivity, alcohol and poor diet. All four of these can be successfully addressed to prevent disease and promote the health of the European population, but more of the investment in healthcare services must be directed towards disease prevention.

Clinical Care

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Chapter 2

Over the coming decade in Europe, we will see a shortage of doctors and nurses, an ageing population and a growing epidemic of respiratory diseases. This will pose a formidable challenge for the future of curative medicine.


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Chapter 3

More investment in biomedical research is all the more important given that we are close to breakthroughs in many areas of respiratory research, such as molecular bacteriology and virology, development of vaccines, molecular pathology and personalised medicine. The respiratory community needs to continue to advocate for a dedicated EU programme for biomedical research emphasising translational and clinical research.

Medical Education and Training

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Chapter 4

The HERMES initiative aims to develop a range of consensus documents for the education and training of respiratory specialists, with the objective of harmonising and standardising this education and training, and thus medical practice and care, across Europe.

List of Contributors

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The following is a list of those contributing to the European Respiratory Roadmap, comprising members of the European Respiratory Society leadership and the heads of its assemblies; the presenting delegates and rapporteurs from the ERS roadmap summit in Leuven, Belgium, held on March 4 and 5, 2011; and production and editing support staff provided by the offices of the ERS.