Respirology

COPD Evidence Briefs

COPD is one of the most common conditions seen in primary care. With the many options that can be considered for these patients, it is important for primary care clinicians to be aware of the current evidence to guide treatment. This series will review current evidence, compare it to current guidelines and apply this knowledge to common cases seen in clinical practice. 

DURATION

1.25 hr

PROFESSION

Physician

# OF CREDITS

1.5

ACCREDITATION

Mainpro+

EXPIRY DATE

2023-09-30

COPD is one of the most common conditions seen in primary care. With the many options that can be considered for these patients, it is important for primary care clinicians to be aware of the current evidence to guide treatment. This series will review current evidence, compare it to current guidelines and apply this knowledge to common cases seen in clinical practice. 

Faculty

John Axler, MD, LMCC, CCFP, FCFP
Andre Belanger, MD, CFPC
Jeff Habert, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Sol Stern, Bsc, MD, MCFP 

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this continuing education program, participants will be better able to:

  • Determine the role of inhaled corticosteroid therapy in patients with COPD
  • Review the impact of COPD triple therapy (LAMA/LABA/ICS) on all-cause mortality
  • Determine which patients with COPD could benefit from triple therapy (ICS/LAMA/LABA)
  • Contrast the evidence supporting the role of single inhaler triple therapy (SITT) compared to multiple-inhaler triple therapy (MITT) in patients with COPD 
  • Contrast the current evidence supporting the use of dual bronchodilation (LAMA/LABA) versus triple therapy (ICS/LAMA/LABA) in a patient with a history of one acute exacerbation of (AECOPD) in the past year
  • Discuss the risk-benefit considerations in using LAMA/LABA versus ICS/LAMA/LABA   
  • Review the evidence supporting the use of a single inhaler type in patients with COPD
  • Review the potential benefits of switching patients with COPD from multiple inhaler types to a single inhaler type 
  • Review Canadian Thoracic Society COPD guideline recommendations for patients with significant symptom burden and low risk of AECOPD
  • Discuss the evidence regarding the differences in response and safety between two dual bronchodilators (LAMA/LABA)

Accreditation

This self-learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credit(s). Cert+ Program ID#: 196697
Cost of course:  
Free
# of credits: 1.5
Duration: 1.25 hr

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