GPs are often the first contact point for patients with chronic respiratory symptoms and play a vital role in the detection, diagnosis and management of COPD. COPD management should be individualised according to the person’s severity of symptoms, risk of exacerbations, comorbidities, patient response to pharmacotherapy and side effects, patient preference and ability to use various inhaler devices.
This interactive online learning activity is valued at 1 Hour(s) of continuing education.
AM, MD, FRACP
Concord Clinical School
Thoracic Physician, Concord Hospital
Head, Respiratory Trials,
The George Institute for Global Health
Dr. Karley Heyworth,
MBBS (Hons) FRACGP
Macleay St Medical Practice
Potts Point, Sydney, NSW
On completion of this program, participants will be better able to:
- Recall the criteria for a diagnosis of COPD
- Implement the current recommendations for COPD management, including key considerations prior to stepping up therapy
- Describe the risks and benefits of COPD pharmacotherapies
- Review the features associated with COPD medication delivery devices and individualise device recommendations for patient