180633 - Diagnosis of COPD

  • : Online

This short course aims to increase the skills and knowledge of people in the primary health care workforce in the accurate identification of a person with COPD, when to refer for diagnostic spirometry, and correctly interpreting spirometry results.

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
  • Discuss who is at risk of COPD and describe the steps involved in delivering a COPD targeted case finding activity
  • Interpret results from a test using a COPD screening device and recognise those people that you would recommend a diagnostic spirometry test
  • Explain spirometry and measures collected during a spirometry test
  • Interpret spirometry results to confirm a diagnosis of COPD
  • List the common problems in performing spirometry testing
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • A significantly ill patient is identified and managed appropriately

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Other
    Online Learning
    180633 - Diagnosis of COPD
    Speciality Classification
    General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    2 hours
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    4 cpd
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