Every Breath You Take: A Case-based Approach to Improving Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Patients with COPD
 
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Last Reviewed: May 24, 2018
Expiration Date: May 31, 2019
Time to Complete Activity:  2.0 hours
 
Faculty
Sandra G. Adams, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
University of Texas Health San Antonio
Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine
South Texas Veterans Health Care System
San Antonio, TX
 
Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC, MAACVPR
Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants
Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Jeff Unger, MD, FAAFP, FACE
Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
UC Riverside School of Medicine
Riverside, CA
Director, Unger Concierge Primary Care Medical Group
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
 
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Target Audience
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of internal medicine clinicians, including internists, nurse practitioners, and PAs. It may also benefit family physicians, community pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals engaged or interested in the care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
 
Learning Objectives
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Identify early signs and symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that warrant further evaluation with guideline-recommended tools and tests.
  • Describe evidence-based tools and strategies for determining the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including their utility in directing appropriate therapy.
  • Select treatment options for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by applying information about agent, patient, and disease characteristics.
  • Choose a medication delivery device for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that accords with patient needs, preferences, and capabilities.

Table of Contents
  • Is This COPD?
  • Virtual Patient #1
  • Gauging Disease Severity, Treating Accordingly: Part 1
  • Virtual Patient #2
  • Gauging Disease Severity, Treating Accordingly: Part 2
  • Q&A
 
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Disclosure of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
 
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Faculty
Sandra G. Adams, MD, MS
Grant/Research Support: AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc; GlaxoSmithKline; Novartis; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc
 
Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC, MAACVPR
Retained Consultant: GlaxoSmithKline
Speakers Bureau: Monaghan Medical Corporation; Philips Respironics; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc
 
Jeff Unger, MD, FAAFP, FACE
No financial relationships to disclose.
 
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