Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A GOLD Map to Personalized Care
 
Release Date: December 28, 2017
Last Reviewed: December 14, 2017
Expiration Date: December 28, 2018
Time to Complete Activity: 1.5 hours
 
Faculty
Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC, MAACVPR (Chair)
Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants
Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates
Pittsburgh, PA
 
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
 
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Target Audience
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.
 
Statement of Need
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.
 
Learning Objectives
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.
 
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)
 
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This educational activity is supported by educational grants from GlaxoSmithKline and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
 
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Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC, MAACVPR
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
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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