Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Better Breathing Begins in Internal Medicine
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Last Reviewed: July 28, 2016
Expiration Date: August 9, 2017
Time to Complete Activity:  1.0 hour
*This activity expired for credit on Agust 9, 2017 and is no longer available for credit
Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC, MAACVPR (Chair)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Drexel University School of Medicine
Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants
Pittsburgh, PA
Sandra G. Adams, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center
Staff Physician
Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine
South Texas Veterans Health Care System
San Antonio, TX
Jill A. Ohar, MD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine/Pulmonary and Critical Care
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC
Keith J. Robinson, MD, MS, FCCP
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Respiratory Sciences
Florida International University
Miami, FL
Pulmonary Physicians of South Florida and Fusion Health: Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Oakland Park, FL

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Target Audience
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs and other healthcare professionals involved in the practice of internal medicine and family medicine who are interested and/or involved in the care of patients with COPD. It may also be of benefit to respiratory therapists and pulmonologists involved in the care of patients with COPD.
Learning Objectives
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Identify patients with COPD in a more timely fashion using validated, guideline-recommended tools.
  • Devise treatment plans to prevent exacerbations in patients with COPD, based on current clinical evidence.
  • Explain proper use of COPD medication delivery devices available for patients with COPD.
Introduction and Overview
Chapter 1: The Impact of COPD in the United States
Chapter 2: Diagnosing COPD at an Earlier Stage
Chapter 3: Treatment of COPD
Chapter 4: Increasing Patient Adherence to COPD Treatment
Chapter 5: Video Demonstration
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This activity is supported by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC, MAACVPR (Chair)
Consultant/Independent Contractor: AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Monaghan Medical Corporation; Nonin Medical Inc; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc; Vapotherm
Speakers Bureau: AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Breathe Technologies, Inc; GlaxoSmithKline; Monaghan Medical Corporation; Nonin Medical Inc

Sandra G. Adams, MD, MS
Contracted Research: AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; GlaxoSmithKline; Novartis
Jill A. Ohar, MD
Advisory Board: AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Mylan; Novartis; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc; Theravance Biopharma
Keith J. Robinson, MD, MS, FCCP
Retained Consultant: AstraZeneca; Abbott; COPD Foundation
Speakers Bureau: AstraZeneca; Abbott; COPD Foundation
Stockholder: Innomed, Inc
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