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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2017 Update

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Educational Materials
Release Date: Thu, 2/1/18
Termination Date: Sun, 1/31/21
Credits: 1
Description: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for over 147,000 deaths and 700,000 hospitalizations annually. COPD can have a long pre-symptomatic phase. About 15.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, but an estimated 50% of those with COPD are undiagnosed, so the actual number affected is probably much higher. Both physicians and patients under recognize the potential benefits of appropriate disease management for COPD.

This CME activity presents a framework for managing chronic COPD, treating mild to moderate acute exacerbations, and improving symptoms, quality of life and lung function while reducing morbidity and mortality in patients with COPD. New information in this updated guideline includes:
  • Assessing multiple aspects of disease severity
  • Using a combination of symptoms and exacerbations to determine pharmacologic therapy
  • New drugs for treatment
  • Reevaluating need for oxygen requirement if on oxygen and clinical picture changes
Educational Objectives: Participants in this CME activity will understand and be able to implement evidence-based cost-effective clinical strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults.
Target Audience: This self-study activity is appropriate for primary care clinicians and other health care providers who provide care for patients with COPD.
Accreditation Information: The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Additional Info: Authors:
Davoren A. Chick, MD; General Medicine
Paul J. Grant, MD; General Medicine
R. Van Harrison, PhD; Medical Education
Amal E. Othman, MD; Family Medicine
Sara E. Roark, MD; Pulmonary Medicine
Meilan K. Han, MD, MS; Pulmonary Medicine

Tami L. Remington, Pharm D; Pharmacy Services

Financial Disclosure Information:
MeiLan K. Han, MD
Consultant: Novartis, Nycomed
Speaker's Bureau: Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, CLS Boehring
Advisory Board: CLS Boehring

There are no other relevant financial relationships to disclose for this CME activity.

UMHS Guidelines Oversight Team:
Karl T. Rew, MD
R. Van Harrison, PhD

Literature Search Services:
Taubman Medical Library

Credits available:

AMA PRA Category 1: 1.00
Participation: 1.00