COPD: A Pulmonology-Primary Care
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Up to 50% of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not aware that they have it, and the diagnosis may not be uncovered until the patient ...
Up to 50% of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not aware that they have it, and the diagnosis may not be uncovered until the patient has been hospitalized or suffers a significant impairment in the ability to pursue the typical activities of everyday living. Therefore, primary care providers, pharmacists, and respiratory specialists should work collaboratively on early recognition of COPD symptoms and on managing the disease appropriately in a way that helps to prevent exacerbations and preserve lung function and quality of life as much as possible. Equally important are strategies to coordinate multiple aspects of care across various settings and to develop better approaches to educating patients about the disease and its management.
After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to:Implement strategies for early recognition and management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and for prevention as well as management of acute exacerbationsReview and synthesize expert guidelines for COPD assessment and management, so as to optimally choose from the many treatment agents availableDevelop strategies for coordinating COPD care across multiple disciplines and care settings to help improve access to supportive services, enhance the level of care for COPD and comorbidities, and reduce hospital readmissionsEstablish specific protocols for educating COPD patients about their disease, associated risk factors, treatment options, adherence to treatment regimens, and overall goals of therapy
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