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157347 - Clinical Audit: COPD - Managing the Symptomatic Patient

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By engaging and completing this clinical audit a GP will improve their recommendations for patient care and learn practical strategies for selecting treatments to improve outcomes in patients with moderate to severe COPD. 

Focus areas: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, respiratory, airway, breathlessness, chronic, clinical audit

Relevance to General Practice

1 in 20 Australians aged 45 and over reported having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2014-2015. People with COPD are a key target population for priority management by GPs, as the disease may have severe impacts on carrying out daily activities, getting adequate sleep and ability to exercise.1 Adding to this burden of disease is the high prevalence of comorbidities; 52% of people with COPD report arthritis followed by cardiovascular disease (49%) and asthma (42%).1 
To assist GPs in ongoing management of COPD, guidelines recommend regular assessment of disease severity, based on lung function, symptoms and exacerbation history. The COPD-X guidelines advise a stepwise approach to pharmacological treatment, incorporated with relevant non-pharmacological interventions to maintain good patient quality of life. 

Learning outcomes
  • Update knowledge on progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including early recognition of worsening symptoms and declining lung function
  • Implement stepwise treatment management plan, with a history of repeated exacerbations currently on maintenance therapies and when to refer
  • Describe the role that anti-inflammatory agents play in management of COPD related exacerbations and progression of disease
  • Describe the role that non-pharmacological therapies, such as pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise levels, can play in improving patient quality of life
  • Demonstrate correct inhaler technique and educate patients on understanding disease, including managing COPD-asthma overlap, and adherence to medication
  • Delivery
    157347 - Clinical Audit: COPD - Managing the Symptomatic Patient
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    6 hours
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    6 hours
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