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.