181195 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
This session will provide an update on the interpretation of spirometry and diagnostic approach for COPD patients. Presenters will review the current COPD management guidelines and criteria for endobronchial valves. Information on the COPD outreach program and various referral pathways will also be provided.Relevance to General Practice
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common condition characterised by breathlessness, cough and sputum production. However these are nonspecific, common symptoms which may be misattributed; resulting in a possible underdiagnoses of COPD.
The role of the General Practitioner is important in COPD diagnosis and management. An initial important step is to consider and confirm the diagnosis of COPD. Management of COPD focuses on optimising function, preventing deterioration, developing support networks and self management, and managing exacerbations.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
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