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181195 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • : Online

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.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe how to interpret spirometry reports
  • Explain the diagnostic approach for COPD.
  • Review current COPD management guidelines and apply smoking cessation strategies for COPD patients.
  • Discuss the criteria for endobronchial valves and referral pathways to achieve better patient outcomes.
  • Summarise the COPD outreach nurse program.
  • Domains of General Practice

    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 dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    Partnering organisations

    APHN, Cancer Council

    181195 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    2 HOURS
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    CPD Points
    4 CPD
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