115184 - COPD: A Pathway to Better Management- from the Hospital to GP
- : Online
GP update regarding new developments in diagnosis & management for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including a review of pathophysiology, diagnostic tests, exacerbation clusters, viral and bacterial co-infection, and advanced treament options for intervention.Relevance to General Practice
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is usually a preventable, treatable, progressive long-term respiratory condition which affects mainly older people. It is characterised by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible, with common symptoms including dyspnoea, cough, sputum production, chest tightness and wheezing. Cough and shortness of breath are common presentations to General Practice resulting in diagnostic confusion. As a result, there is considerable underdiagnosis of COPD.
The recently released 2017 Australian Atlas for Healthcare variation shows that management of COPD has the highest variation in care delivered and recommends that the COPD-X Guidelines be implemented as routine practice in the primary care setting.
This activity aims to assist General Practitioners to successfully diagnose and manage their patients and to reduce the effect of this respiratory disorder in Australia.