Management of COPD in New Zealand general practice

Research Review CPD-Accredited E-Learning Module


Management of COPD in New Zealand general practice

This Research Review E-Learning Module is intended for GPs. It covers diagnosis, assessment and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and is based on a Research Review Educational Series publication entitled “Management of COPD in New Zealand general practice”.

Before starting the module please read the Research Review Educational Series, accessed through the link below:

to access the quiz source material
Educational Series - Management of COPD in New Zealand general practice

The PDF through the link above can be viewed on screen, saved and printed.

This E-Learning Module covers:

  • Risk factors for the development of COPD
  • Characteristics of COPD and asthma/COPD overlap (ACO)
  • Non-pharmacological management and patient self-management of COPD
  • Recommended maintenance therapies for patients with COPD
  • Management of exacerbations in patients with COPD

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, you should have an improved understanding of how to:

  • Use spirometry for the diagnosis and assessment of COPD
  • Advise patients on how they can manage their condition
  • Identify patients with ACO, and provide the correct treatment
  • Escalate maintenance therapy in patients who remain symptomatic
  • Provide additional treatments for patients with exacerbations

Contributing experts

Expert commentary is provided by:

Dr Robert Young, a Consultant General Physician at Auckland City Hospital and Associate Professor in the Faculties of Health and Medical Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. Dr Young’s research and clinical interests focus on the primary prevention and early diagnosis of COPD and lung cancer.

Module questions have been developed by Dr Chris Tofield, who works in primary care skin cancer treatment and as a consultant to Research Review.


Research Review publications, videos and e-Learning modules have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for up to 1 CME credit per learning hour for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. Please CLICK HERE to download RNZCGP Dashboard.


This module has been created with an unrestricted grant from GSK. The content is entirely independent and is based on the published studies and the author's opinions.