Management of co-morbidities in COPD
This case-based module will guide you through the latest evidence in managing comorbidities in COPD.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease that requires a holistic, patient-centred approach to management. Multiple morbidities commonly coexist in COPD patients, with nearly half of patients having three or more diagnoses in addition to COPD. A holistic approach enables primary health care professionals to address patients’ diverse long-term conditions and their psychosocial needs.
There are times when a patient with COPD may require specialist attention; however, the primary care team provides continuity of care and ensures that the patient’s individual needs remain the central focus. The Primary Care Respiratory Society has produced a guide named ‘Diagnosis and Management of COPD in Primary Care’ that contains a chapter describing the holistic approach to care for COPD patients. Further to this, the following module offers a case-based learning approach to the diagnosis and management of comorbidities in COPD patients.
This module will:
- Update you on the clinical consequences of common comorbidities in COPD
- Help you gain confidence in managing these comorbidities and their complications
- Remind you of when to refer patients for specialist care
This module was developed by Dr Helen Ward, the lead clinician for integrated respiratory disease care in the acute trust at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.
|List of abbreviations|
|ACE||Angiotensin-converting enzyme||DEXA||Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry|
|BMD||Bone mineral density||FEV1||Forced expiratory volume in 1 second|
|BMI||Body mass index||FVC||Forced vital capacity|
|BNP||Brain (B-type) natriuretic peptide||GOLD||Global Initiative for Chronic Lung Disease|
|CAST||Chinese Acute Stroke Trial||NICE||National Institute for Health and Care Excellence|
|COPD||Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||NT proBNP||N-terminal-proBNP|
|CVD||Cardiovascular disease||TTE||Transthoracic echocardiogram|
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- Complete the module and access your certificate
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