Individualizing Treatment Selection to Improve the Care of Patients with COPD

Release date: February 21, 2019
Expiration date: February 21, 2020



Antonio Anzueto, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Scott Cerreta, BS, RRT
CardioPulmonary Manager
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
Tuba City, Arizona


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an irreversible lung disease that plagues patients with chronic cough, phlegm production, potentially life-threatening exacerbations, and deteriorating lung function over the latter years of their life. One of the central goals in COPD management is the prevention of exacerbations, due not only to the acute risk of the event itself, but also an associated increase in the longer-term risk for future exacerbations. Current guidelines on the management of COPD provide comprehensive recommendations for both the treatment of exacerbations and the management of stable disease. However, the frequent rate of COPD-related hospitalization and poor prognosis for individuals following treatment for an acute exacerbation suggests that patient needs are not being adequately met by current practices in hospital and community settings.

Clinicians should be well-versed in current guidelines for the treatment of COPD, as well as the full spectrum of medications and delivery devices that are available in order to provide disease management that is appropriately tailored to the physical and cognitive needs of their patients with COPD. This knowledge and skill will enable them to provide care that can effectively reduce symptom severity and the risk of future exacerbations, increase physical activity, and improve overall quality of life in patients with COPD. This program will improve the knowledge and competence of clinicians who care for patients with COPD in order to achieve these objectives.


This educational initiative has been designed for respiratory therapists, internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare providers involved in the care of patients with COPD.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe an approach to COPD treatment that is consistent with current evidence-based guideline recommendations
  • Review the efficacy and safety of available long-acting bronchodilator therapies for COPD
  • Select appropriate medication delivery devices based on individual patient needs
  • Identify self-management strategies that reduce the risk of exacerbations and hospital readmissions for patients with COPD

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CRCE credit for this activity. During the period of February 21, 2019 through February 21, 2020, participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.




This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.25 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the AARC, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. Course #180844000


Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.


Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

Antonio Anzueto, MD
Consulting Fees: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Scott Cerreta, BS, RRT
Has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Michelle R. Rizzo, ELS, hereby states that she or her spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.


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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.


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