Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of death in the United States with an estimated 24 million individuals afflicted with this disease, yet it is likely that only half of that number have already been diagnosed.
Today's family physicians are on the frontlines — increasingly responsible for diagnosing and treating this growing cohort of patients. Early screening and diagnosis of these patients is critical, with both short- and long-term implications for patient outcomes and quality of life.
This innovative symposium uses up-to-the-minute iPad driven technology for ongoing interaction between learners and faculty who are national experts both in family medicine and pulmonology.
Incorporating case-based learning, group discussion and poll-as-you-go technology, along with instant access to faculty via live chat capabilities, attendees will learn how to apply evidence-based guidelines for early diagnosis and treatment to clinical practice.
Challenging case presentations that might be seen in your daily practice will address critical topics including the use of validated COPD questionnaires that can easily be adopted into clinical practice, guidelines to assist clinicians in formulating treatment plans, safety and efficacy of approved therapeutic regimens.
Information about the early identification of patients at risk for COPD, the adoption of early screening and diagnostic tools, and the impact of early treatment on disease progression and quality of life, will provide participants with knowledge that can be confidently incorporated into their practice, and potentially, improve patient outcomes.