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Welcome to the subject page for Respiratory Health.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Placement Students page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus. 

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and moreā€¦

If you find a book through OneSearch that is only available in another University of Cumbria library you can reserve the book online. See our Requesting books page for more information.

A postal loans service is available for the following students free of charge:

  • part-time students
  • students on a distance learning course
  • students at a partner institution

To find out how to use the service, see our Postal Loans page.

  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 


    Lechner, A. (2011) Respiratory: an integrated approach to disease 
    An innovative, organ-specific text that blends basic science with the fundamentals of clinical medicine. It is the perfect companion for medical students transitioning to their clinical years, as well as for practicing physicians who need a user-friendly update on the basic science underlying the practice of clinical medicine.

    Gardenhire, DS. and Rau, J.L. (2012) Rau's respiratory care pharmacology                            
    The new edition of this classic resource boasts enhanced readability, a full-colour design, and a new author who brings a fresh perspective on respiratory care pharmacology. This authoritative book provides essential, need-to-know information about respiratory pharmacology in an easy-to-understand format that simplifies complex concepts and prepares you for practice. Completely updated, this edition includes the most recent FDA approved medications and reflects the current state of respiratory care practice in today's health care environment.      

    Heidbelbaugh (2012) Chronic disease management          
    This issue covers topics central to the management of the patient with a chronic disease by taking a comprehensive look at: successful/innovative models in chronic disease management, the patient-centred medical home, self-management education and support, major pharmacologic issues in chronic disease management, and more.


    Recently we have purchased a few ebooks to support your learning.  These make it easier to access resources from off-campus at any time.  You will need to log in with your University username and password.

    Partridge, M.R. Understanding respiratory medicine: a problem-oriented approach        
    In this concise practical guide the Editor and Authors combine a symptoms- and problem-based approach with systematic coverage of lung disease - to help students and young professionals to understand respiratory medicine in the round. The first section of the book is devoted to the underlying principles and clinical skills needed - science and disease process, symptoms and signs, examination, and tests. The second section deals with disease specific material, giving due weight and explanation to more common conditions. The third section covers respiratory pharmacology, and the fourth consists of multiple choice review questions. The book is illustrated throughout by case studies, plus photos and diagrams in full colour. Care of patients with respiratory illness is given by a multidisciplinary team, and Understanding Respiratory Medicine is designed to appeal to medical students, young doctor, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, physiological measurement technicians and clinical scientists.   

    Bourke (2012) Palliative care of respiratory diseases   
    This book brings together the knowledge, skills and attitudes of specialists in both Respiratory Medicine and Palliative Medicine to focus on the palliative care of patients with respiratory diseases. It deals not only with end of life care but also with symptom control and supportive care to improve the quality of life of those living their lives with advanced progressive lung disease.   

  • Journals & Eresources


    An index of nursing and allied health articles.  Access to over 300 full text journals.  Bibliographic records for over 1000 journals.

    One of the largest bibliographic indexes for health.  Full text for more than 1,450 journals indexed, covering medicine, nursing, the health care system and pre-clinical sciences.

    Cochrane Library
    Provides systematic reviews of clinical based evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventionsYour results will be a mixture of reviews and clinical trials. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review.

    Academic Search Complete 
    A multi-disciplinary full text database of over 5,500 journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals.

    SciVerse (ScienceDirect)Science database covering physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.

    NHS Evidence
    A search engine from the NHS for health and social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information, NICE guidelines and much more. Download the Quick guide to NHS Evidence or watch this YouTube video for more information.


    Electronic access available from 1946 - present

    Chronic Respiratory Disease 
    Electronic access available from 2004 -  present

    NJP Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 
    Electronic access available from 2000 - present

    Respiratory Research 
    Electronic access available from 2000 - present

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    The NorthWest NHS is developing its own collection of reputable sites that you can search called Healthwise.

    Respiratory Health

    British Thoracic Society                                       
    The official body of respiratory specialists, including medical practitioners, nurses and scientists. Publications and events are listed on the site.

    Asthma UK     
    Includes general information, a personal plan, and message board. Offers sections for health professionals and researchers.     


    Department of Health Official website of UK Department of Health, the government department responsible for public health issues.

    Royal College of Nursing

    RCN members can access the British Nursing Index (BNI Plus), a database indexing over 220 core nursing journals, and full text online journals.

    Nursing and Midwifery Council
    Organisation set up by Parliament to protect the public by ensuring that nurses and midwives provide high standards of care to their patients and clients.  

    NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. Access national clinical guidelines here.

    World Health Organisation The website of the WHO, the United Nations public health arm.

    Evidence-based information

    NHS Evidence
    A search engine from the NHS for health and social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information, NICE guidelines and much more. Download the Quick guide to NHS Evidence.

    Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
    Provides resources and background information for healthcare professionals.

    A search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.  

    CASP - Critical Appraisal Skills Programme
    Helps you to find and interpret the best available evidence from health research by providing some useful checklists.

    Health statistics

    Office for National Statistics - Neighbourhood Statistics provides ward-level data across England.

    UK National Statistics - health and social care: the official UK statistics site.

    World Health Organization Statistical Information Service (WHOSIS)

    Other resources

    A new internet-based multimedia resource that provides access to the experiences of others who have faced the same health dilemmas.

    NHS Acronym buster!

    Health Talk Online
    People talk about their experiences of health and illness.

    NHS Choices: Behind the headlines
    Takes you to the research behind the news headlines.

    BBC Health news