New approaches in the management of COPD

Research Review Educational Series E-Learning Module


New approaches in the management of COPD

This Research Review Educational Series E-Learning Module is intended for NZ primary healthcare professionals, and covers the best approaches to managing COPD patients in everyday practice. It discusses the latest evidence on diagnosis, management and prevention of COPD, in New Zealand and from an international perspective. It is based on a podcast of a presentation by Associate Professor Rob Young at The Goodfellow Symposium 2018.

This Educational Series E-Learning Module covers:

  • Overview of treatments available for COPD in New Zealand
  • The changing landscape of COPD; update and summary of the 2017 and 2018 Global Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) strategy recommendations
  • GOLD 2017/2018 changes for management of stable COPD; FEV1 for diagnosis and prognosis
  • Distilling the GOLD strategy update; COPD in the New Zealand context
  • The benefits of dual bronchodilation
  • Data comparing bronchodilator products
  • Defining COPD patients who would benefit from inhaled corticosteroids
  • Management of patients with a previous diagnosis of asthma
  • Non-pharmacological treatment for COPD
  • Take home messages

Learning outcomes

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

  • Manage COPD patients in everyday practice
  • Select correct treatments for COPD patients
  • Consider non-pharmacological treatment for COPD

Contributing Experts

The podcast presentation is by Associate Professor Robert Young, Consultant Physician, Auckland Hospital.

Module questions have been developed by Dr Chris Tofield who works part time in General Practice in Tauranga, is involved with clinical research and is a clinical advisor to the Bay Of Plenty District Health Board.


“New approaches in the management of COPD" E-Learning Module has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 1 CME credit for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.
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