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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


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1 hour
Publish Date
06 March 2023
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About this Course

COPD is characterised by a reduction in airflow that is not reversible and is usually progressive in the long term.

In many cases it is preventable and can be effectively managed.

Greater than 85% of cases are caused by smoking. Other risk factors include air pollution, long-term cannabis smoking, occupational exposure (e.g. cadmium, silica, asbestos, dust), genetic predisposition (e.g. alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency).

Objectives of this course:

  • to identify those patients in whom a clinical diagnosis of COPD should be considered
  • to understand the initial investigations in a patient suspected of having COPD
  • to describe the pharmacologic management of a patient with COPD
  • to understand the steps in managing a patient with an acute exacerbation of COPD
  • to understand the non-pharmacological strategies that are useful in managing patients with COPD
  • to recognise an infective exacerbation of COPD


This content was created by Dr Karen Falloon MBChB, FRNZCGP, PhD. Senior Lecturer Goodfellow Unit, and updated by Connie Kang BPharm(Hons) in 2023.

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