Key points about the definition of COPD, its prevalence and impact in the UK.
Diagnosis and assessment
This module outlines the criteria for COPD diagnosis, differential diagnoses, spirometry best practice and how to assess disease severity.
This module describes essential points to consider when choosing a therapy. It includes a visual summary and quick prescribing guidance for inhaled therapies, as well as the latest NICE COVID-19 recommendations in COPD.
Follow up: referrals and exacerbations management
This module provides several reference resources including a model plan of what to include in COPD reviews and indications for referral to specialist services. It also covers key NICE recommendations for the management of exacerbations in primary care and includes a visual summary for antibiotic prescribing.
What you'll learn
- The epidemiology and impact of COPD in the UK.
- The diagnosis criteria in COPD and investigations.
- What spirometry best practice looks like.
- Which differential diagnoses to consider.
- How to differentiate COPD and asthma.
- How to assess COPD severity.
- Factors to help assessing prognosis.
- How to support smoking cessation.
- Factors to consider when choosing an inhaled therapy.
- The role of oxygen and oral therapies.
- NICE’s recommendations for COPD during COVID-19.
- Follow up reviews frequency and content.
- When to refer patients to specialist services.
- The management of exacerbations in primary care.
- Factors to consider for home versus hospital management for COPD exacerbations.
- NICE's antibiotic prescribing recommendations.
- Indications for prophylactic therapy.