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Primary Issues
Improving Patient Outcomes: A Guidelines-based Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Activity Expires: 06-28-2012

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Learning Objectives
After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to
1. Implement evidence-based recommendations for the accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease based on established clinical guidelines
2. Develop treatment plans that incorporate individual patient’s needs, preferences, and lifestyle to optimize patient adherence

Obstructive Lung Disease’s Global Strategy for Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD (GOLD guidelines) demonstrate that COPD often remains misdiagnosed or inappropriately treated.

Guideline-recommended treatment has been found to be absent in up to 50% of patients with a diagnosis of COPD. For patients managed at home, reducing exacerbations and the requirement for urgent healthcare, concordance and improving adherence, and maintaining physical functioning are additional areas at the forefront of initiatives to improve care of patients with COPD. This program has been designed for primary care physicians involved in the care of patients with COPD and will review the GOLD guideline recommendations for diagnosis and management as well as strategies to improve adherence to treatment regimens for patients with COPD.

Target Audience
This activity is targeted to primary care physicians and other healthcare providers who care for patients with COPD.

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Credits / Hours

Primary Care Network is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians: Primary Care Network designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nonphysicians: All other healthcare professionals will be issued a certificate of participation.

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Primary Care Network

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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Sean M. Gregory, PhD
Content Developer
Medical Director
Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.
Tinton Falls, New Jersey

Gene L. Colice, MD, FCCP
Faculty Chair
Professor of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine
Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Respiratory Services
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, District of Columbia

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

This activity is supported through an educational grant from Dey Pharma, LP.

Activity Specialities / Related Topics
Pulmonary Medicine / COPD, Primary Care

Activity Disciplines
Nurse Practitioner , Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME

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