Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A GOLD Map to Personalized Care
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 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 ...
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.
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 diseaseCategorize patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease according to disease severity, as recommended by current GOLD strategiesSelect appropriate pharmacotherapy for patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease based on patient, disease, and medication characteristicsChoose a medication delivery device for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that accords with patient needs, preferences, and capabilities
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