COPD in Primary Care

Diagnosis and Management of COPD in the Primary Care Setting

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Learning Objectivesexpired

  1. Follow the recent guidelines in the use of spirometry and understand how to use a spirometer
  2. Advise patients about the benefits of exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation programs as the potential benefits relate to the severity of COPD symptoms
  3. Educate patients about treatment options and manage the side effects of current treatments



Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death and 12th leading cause of morbidity in the United States. A recent longitudinal study calculated that North Americans have 27.6% lifetime risk of physician-diagnosed COPD. COPD treatment is complex; COPD symptoms are heterogeneous and progressive, and patients frequently have comorbidities. COPD patients in a recent study had a five-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease, a three-fold increased risk of stroke, and two-fold increased diabetes risk.

COPD treatment also represents a challenge for the primary care provider. Early diagnosis and proactive management, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, can decrease the onset of exacerbations, but patients may receive only episodic care for exacerbations and lack comprehensive, ongoing care for this chronic disease.

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.




This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.