Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Outcomes with Early Clinical and Biomedical Interventions

Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Outcomes with Early Clinical and Biomedical Interventions

The online educational activity contains video and slides from the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Section‘s COPD Cluster Session held on July 30, 2016 during the National Medical Association’s 2016 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Los Angeles, CA. This activity was supported in part by educational grants from AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co.


National Medical Association Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, 2016

Physician Interdisciplinary Approaches to Improved Care Through Patient-Centered Diagnosis and Treatment

Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Outcomes with Early Clinical and Biomedical Interventions



Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a common respiratory condition characterized by airflow limitation affects more than 5 percent of the population and is associated with high morbidity and mortality.  It is the third-ranked cause of death in the United States, killing more than 120,000 individuals each year.  As a consequence of its high prevalence and chronicity, COPD causes high resource utilization with frequent clinician office visits, frequent hospitalizations due to acute exacerbations, and the need for chronic.  In this presentation, The definition, clinical manifestations, diagnostic evaluation, and staging of COPD are discussed in this presentation.

 COPD Core Competencies:

  • • Patient-Centered Care                                    • Diagnostic and Treatment Performance Improvements       
  • • Physicians Interdisciplinary Teams
  • • Patient-Level Quality Improvements                • Utilization of Diagnostic Tools

Program Instructional Goal:

  1. Recognize updated GOLD Guidelines for the treatment of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), include the concepts of symptoms and risks into the decision of therapy.
  2. Review of the concept of clinical phenotypes and how patients respond differently to available clinical and biomedical treatments.
  3. Define Asthma COPD overlap syndrome.
  4. Outline and identify patients that respond to specific pharmacological interventions.
  5. Review Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency and its relationship to the development of COPD.

Disclosures / Acknowledgement of Financial Support

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The following faculty presenters and planners/managers have stated that they do not have financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interests related to the content of this activity during the past 12 months:

Charles U. Gbadouwey, M.D.

Chanda Nicole Holsey, DrPH, MPH

Kartik V. Shenoy, M.D.

Colin Syphax


Disclosures of Commercial Relationships

The following have listed the entities with whom they have relationships, not necessarily conflicting:  

Michael B. Foggs, M.D.

Consultant and Speaker:  AstraZeneca, GSK, Merck, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sunovion

Continuing Education Credits

The National Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The National Medical Association designates this internet enduring activity for a maximum for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants must achieve at least 80% correct in the post test evaluation to be awarded credit. 


September 15, 2017


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