Perspective on COPD

A Primary Care Perspective on COPD

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Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Utilize spirometry to diagnose and manage COPD.
  2. Advise and refer patients to exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation programs as a preventive measure.
  3. Match medications to the need of the COPD patient and be alert to potential side effects.
  4. Recognize the risk factors and signs of non-adherence and adjust care plans as needed to improve adherence.
  5. Engage adjunct professionals to help patients exercise and rehabilitate lung function.



Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death and 12th leading cause of morbidity in the United States. It is a common, preventable, and treatable disease characterized by persistent airflow limitation that is usually progressive. COPD diagnosis and treatment represent both major challenges and opportunities for the primary care provider. This educational activity will focus on early diagnosis and proactive management, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to decrease the onset of exacerbations, and ongoing care and management of this chronic disease.

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