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184645 - Clinical Audit: COPD - Managing the Symptomatic Patient

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
6 hrs

To review patient data to improve recommendations for patient care and outcomes in COPD

Relevance to General Practice

About 1 in 20 Australians aged 45 and over reported having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2017-2018, according to self-reported survey data. The challenge for GPs is that even greater numbers than these are living undiagnosed in the community – as many as one in seven over the age of 40, due to challenges in diagnosis and overlap with other conditions like asthma.

To assist GPs in ongoing management of COPD, evidence-based guidelines have been developed that 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. By completing this clinical audit a GP will review their benchmark their current approach to patient COPD management against these best practice guidelines to improve their recommendations for patient care.

Learning outcomes
  • Assess patients for progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including early identification of worsening symptoms and declining lung function.
  • Implement non-pharmacological interventions combined with a stepwise treatment management plan for COPD patients to align with best practice
  • Explain to patients how anti-inflammatory agents help to manage COPD-related exacerbations and progression of disease
  • Discuss and recommend appropriate non-pharmacological therapies, such as pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise to improve patient q
  • Demonstrate correct inhaler technique and educate patients on disease management and the importance of medication adherence
  • 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
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    184645 - Clinical Audit: COPD - Managing the Symptomatic Patient
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    6 hrs
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    40 cpd
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