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An article on VCAPS 1 study published on March 11th, 2021

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

On March 11th, 2021, VCAPS 1 study results is published on a ERJ Open Research

The aim of VCAPS 1 study was to establish syndromic diagnoses in patients presenting with respiratory symptoms to healthcare facilities in Vietnam and to compare the diagnoses with facility-level clinical diagnoses and treatment decisions.

A representative sample of patients aged ≥5 years, presenting with dyspnoea, cough, wheezing, and/or chest tightness to healthcare facilities in four provinces of Vietnam were systematically evaluated. Eight common syndromes were defined using data obtained. This study identified a substantial discordance between prescribed treatment, clinician diagnosis and a standardised syndromic diagnosis among patients presenting with respiratory symptoms. Increased access to spirometry and implementation of locally relevant syndromic approaches to management may help to improve patient care in resource-limited settings.

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