Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) continues to be a national healthcare imperative and now impacts more than 30 million people in the United States at a cost of nearly $36 billion dollars annually. The key to successful management is early identification of symptoms, appropriate behavior changes, and the timely implementation of evidence-based treatment. In this activity, a leading clinician and researcher in pulmonary and critical care medicine reviews current clinical tools for identifying and treating COPD, including patient-friendly screening instruments, diagnostic tools such as spirometry, nonpharmacologic interventions such as smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and oxygen therapy, and the Global initiative for COPD (GOLD)-guideline-recommended pharmacologic treatment plans tailored to individual preferences and needs. Appropriate attention to device selection, training and monitoring is emphasized, including a video demonstration of proper inhaler technique.
Interactive clinical review and case study
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Implement steps to identify undiagnosed cases of COPD requiring treatment
- Apply guideline-recommended and evidence-based pharmacologic interventions to reduce COPD symptoms and decrease exacerbations
- Regularly counsel patients with COPD on medication adherence and inhaler techniques
NPs and PAs
There are no prerequisites to participate in this activity.
Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This educational activity has been provided by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine and jointly provided by Practicing Clinicians Exchange.
Contact hours: 1.0, which are eligible for 1.0 pharmacology credits.
Course director: Jason Worcester, MD, Boston University School of Medicine
CNE course advisor: Claire Murphy, MSN, NP-C, Boston University School of Medicine
This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid for one year from 10/31/2018. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
This program was cosupported by educational grants from Amgen; Astellas; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC; Genentech; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; Neurocrine Biosciences and Teva Pharmaceuticals; Sanofi US; Shire; and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Practicing Clinicians Exchange gratefully acknowledges Miller Medical Communications, LLC, for their contribution as educational partner for this activity.
The opinions or views expressed in this continuing education activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Boston University School of Medicine, Continuing Education Alliance, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, or any educational supporter.
THIS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE. NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED.
Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relevant relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve any apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Dr Martinez: advisor/consultant: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Genentech, GSK, Pearl, Proteinx Bio, Novartis, Theravance; grant/research support: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK; speakers bureau: Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis.
The Planning Committee for this activity included Claire Murphy, MSN, NP-C, Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN, Jody Walker, MS, Julie L. White, MS, and Jason Worcester, MD, of Boston University School of Medicine; Mark Christiansen, PhD, PA-C, of the University of the Pacific; Lyerka Miller, PhD, CHCP, and Melanie Spurgeon of Miller Medical Communications, LLC; and Ruth Cohen, Warren Beckman, and Margaret Inman of Practicing Clinicians Exchange. None of the aforementioned members of the Planning Committee have any relevant relationships to disclose.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Read the content
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form online
Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70%.
The estimated time to complete each activity is 1 hour.
Release date: October 31, 2018
Expiration date: October 30, 2019
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