Goals and Objectives
COPD remains substantially underdiagnosed in primary care and a major reason for this is the underuse of spirometry. In addition, the new guidelines emphasize the need to effectively communicate patient compliance to ensure they are comfortable with prescribed treatment. The goal of this activity is to update healthcare professionals about diagnosing COPD using pulmonary function tests, the appropriate use of inhalers, pulmonary rehabilitation, and medications to reduce exacerbations. Upon Completion, learners should be better prepared to:
- Diagnose, assess, and effectively treat COPD patients to reduce exacerbations and symptoms;
- Identify and utilize new emerging therapies for COPD.
CME Release Date: December 27th, 2017
Valid for credit through: December 27th, 2018
Course type: Video lecture
Sponsored in part by: SMA Services, Inc.
Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board. All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.
Instructions for Participation and Credit
This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:
- Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
- Study the educational content and references.
- Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
- Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.
Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.
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