Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is severely undertreated, as many patients do not receive appropriate maintenance pharmacotherapy and as many as 12 million others are living with undiagnosed COPD. As a result, COPD patients frequently experience exacerbations associated with an accelerated decline in lung function, impaired quality of life, hospitalization, and increased mortality.
This course features 20 sessions designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. Topics include: Cardiology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, and Women’s Health.
Effective treatments for common chronic respiratory conditions are available to alleviate symptoms, prevent disease progression, and improve quality of life; however, many patients attribute their shortness of breath and decreased ability to perform usual activities to the normal aging process and only seek treatment in urgent-care settings for acute exacerbations.
This course provides a comprehensive review of common pulmonary diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Pneumonia, Pulmonary Emboli, Pleural Effusions, Cough, Hypoxemia, Oxygen Hemoglobin Dissociation Curve, Sleep Apnea and Lung Cancer. The course also reviews the use and interpretation of pulmonary diagnostic testing and procedures including Chest X-Ray Pulmonary Function Tests, CT Scan of the Chest, and Mechanical Ventilation.
COPD is a common, preventable, and treatable disease characterized by progressive persistent airflow limitation. COPD is clearly a cause of morbidity and mortality and results in an ever-increasing economic and social burden.
Patients with asthma should gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to assume the major role in the day-to-day management of their disease. This activity will highlight specific patient education and health literacy tools, including the personalized asthma action plan, written in language that the patient can read and understand.
The clinical practice of medicine involves a continual balance of evidence-based information applied to clinically complex scenarios amongst the human factors of fears, preferences, results, and economics. This continuing education module focuses on the clinicians’ skills, resources, tools and approaches for more optimal choice, use, and thus better outcomes, involving inhaled medications.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death and 12th leading cause of morbidity in the United States. This activity will address the use of spirometry for diagnosis and treatment of COPD, explore the benefits of exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation, and identify treatment options for optimal patient outcomes.
Asthma is a chronic disease associated with inflammation in the airways. The inflammation is strongly linked with airway hyperresponsiveness and the typical asthma symptoms. Understanding the full spectrum of the pathology and the pathogenesis of asthma should be used for defining the treatment options.