Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Estimated time to complete session: 60 mins.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 15 million people in the United States and is the third leading cause of death. Evidence shows the majority of smokers with COPD are unable to quit on their own. Family physicians providing ongoing medical management for these patients need to be aware of the most current guidelines for practice.

This session will explore evidence-based techniques that facilitate smoking cessation. It is essential for family physicians to evaluate symptoms that may indicate COPD or related conditions, prepare treatment plans, and provide supportive interventions for patients who have COPD.

The COPD session is a standalone session that can also be taken as part of the Geriatric Medicine self-study package.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

1. Evaluate patients who are current or former smokers, and those who develop frequent viral infections, for symptoms that may indicate COPD or related conditions.
2. Prepare treatment plans that include combination approach to therapy for patients who have COPD.
3. Evaluate training needs to administer spirometry tests and interpret and validate results in symptomatic patients.
4. Counsel patients who have COPD on the importance of quitting smoking and receiving vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia.

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Course summary
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  • 1.00 AAFP prescribed
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Ariel Cole, MD, FAAFP, CMD, Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Assistant Director, Family Medicine Residency, Florida Hospital, Orlando; Geriatric Medicine Clerkship Director, Florida State University College of Medicine Orlando campus; Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Winter Park, Florida

This Enduring Material activity, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1 Prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins 06/21/2018. Term of approval is for 2 years from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAFP prescribed

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