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126968 - COPD: Who really has COPD?

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Relevance to General Practice

COPD is a common chronic condition in Australia with a peak prevalence expect to occur by 2020. GPs are increasingly involved in the diagnosis and ongoing management of COPD. It is recognised as one of the leading causes of potentially preventable hospital admissions. 1 in 7 people aged over 40 years have COPD and half of the people experiencing symptoms currently don't have a diagnosis. Under-diagnosis and mis-diagnosis of COPD is an ongoing issue and results in patients not receiving treatment early in the course of the disease or receiving inappropriate treatment. This course provides guidance on identifying those at higher risk of COPD and confirming a diagnosis with spirometry.

Learning outcomes
  • Implement a COPD risk assessment using a standard checklist
  • Recognise the value of using a COPD screening device to identify those at higher risk of COPD
  • Outline the role of spirometry to confirm a diagnosis of COPD
  • Describe the elements of a valid spirometry test
  • Review and interpret spirometry results
  • Delivery
    126968 - COPD: Who really has COPD?
    1.5 hours
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    1.5 hours
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