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COPD is underdiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and often inappropriately treated. Pulmonologists, who see many of the most severe and challenging cases, are well-positioned to turn the tide. However, they are hard-pressed to stay current with this rapidly evolving field. Among their challenges are: heterogeneous presentations with overlapping comorbidities; an influx of sophisticated pharmacotherapies and devices; and recent and yet unfamiliar guideline updates calling for significant practice changes based on compelling new data. Continuing education will be instrumental in familiarizing these key clinicians with advances in COPD diagnosis and care that have the potential to significantly improve a number of important outcomes, including lung function, exacerbations, hospital admissions (and readmissions), and quality of life.
Table of Contents
COPD Evaluation: GOLD 2017 Practice Changes GOLD 2017 Approach to Individualized COPD Treatment Demonstration of Inhaled COPD Medication Delivery Devices (Video)
Resources COPD Medication Delivery Devices at a Glance (PDF)
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of physicians specializing in pulmonology. It may also benefit other healthcare providers involved in or interested in the care of patients with COPD, including primary care practitioners, such as general physicians, family physicians, internists, nurse practitioners (NPs), and PAs.
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
Recognize early signs and symptoms that warrant further evaluation to differentially diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Categorize patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease according to disease severity, as recommended by current GOLD strategies
Select appropriate pharmacotherapy for patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease based on patient, disease, and medication characteristics
Choose a medication delivery device for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that accords with patient needs, preferences, and capabilities
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Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC, MAACVPR (Chair) Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Carlin discloses the following: Advisory Board: Monaghan Medical Corporation; Nonin Medical Inc; Philips Respironics; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc Speakers Bureau: Monaghan Medical Corporation; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc
Donald A. Mahler, MD, FCCP Emeritus Professor of Medicine Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Hanover, NH Director of Respiratory Services Valley Regional Hospital Claremont, NH
Dr. Mahler discloses the following: Royalty: Mill City Press, Inc; MAPI Research Trust Advisory Board: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc; Theravance Biopharma Retained Consultant: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; GlaxoSmithKline; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc Speakers Bureau: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Grifols USA, LLC; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc
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