Answering the Call in COPD: Practical Strategies for Improving Early Diagnosis and Patient-Centered Management in Primary Care: Addressing Inequities in COPD Care

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

19:00 – 19:45 CEST / 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM CEST
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Expiration date: Thursday, August 25, 2022



Provided by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.

This program has been developed in collaboration with International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) and COPD Foundation.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Addressing Inequities in COPD Care


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a complex and heterogeneous disease that is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Despite efforts to standardize the diagnosis, treatment, and management of this progressive disease, many patients receive a delayed diagnosis or remain undiagnosed and face dismal outcomes. Additionally, despite the availability of several pharmacologic therapies and continually updated guideline recommendations, COPD is sub-optimally treated in current clinical practice. As a result, patients with COPD are associated with a poor quality of life, with many patients living in discomfort and experiencing debilitating exacerbations. Recently, evidence has demonstrated the utility of combination therapy in reducing exacerbations among patients with COPD and updated guidelines have identified specific patient subsets that can benefit from these approaches. Even if appropriate therapy is initiated, patients may have persistent barriers related to optimized medication delivery and adherence. Therefore, individualized evaluation of patient characteristics and associated device selection is recommended. This program will cover social, psychological, and multimorbidity-related factors that can delay an accurate diagnosis and optimal care for those living with COPD.


Ioanna Tsiligianni, MD
Director, IPCRG
Associate Professor of General Practice and Public Health
Department of Social Medicine
University of Crete
Crete, Greece


Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, MPSH
Department of Family and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota


This activity is designed for clinicians working in primary care and family medicine in Europe and worldwide.


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

  • Identify social, psychological, and multimorbidity-related factors that can impede access to an accurate diagnosis and optimal care for patients with COPD


There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of May 25, 2022 through August 25, 2022 participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • View the broadcast
  • Complete the posttest evaluation form at the end of the program

A statement of credit will be issued within four weeks of receipt of a completed activity evaluation form.




Physician Continuing Education

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


Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this Other activity (multi-channel video and discussion) for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM to an equivalent number of EACCME® credits.


For information about ACCME accreditation of this activity, please contact Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. at (855) 835-4004 or


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. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they have with ineligible companies related to the content of these CME activities:

Ionna Tsiligianni, MD
Consultant: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Chiesi, Hellas Pharma, Novartis
Speaker: AstraZeneca, Chiesi, Hellas Pharma
Grants for Educational Activities: AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Hellas Pharma

Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, MPSH
Advisor: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Teva Pharmaceuticals
Consultant: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Pulmonx, Teva Pharmaceuticals
Grant Recipient: Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Teva Pharmaceuticals

The IPCRG planners and managers have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Miguel Roman Rodriguez, MD
Advisory Board: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline
Consultant: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline
Speakers’ Bureau: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Menarini, Pfizer, Teva
Research: AstraZeneca

Nicola Connor, Russell Emeny, Sian Williams, and Tracey Lonergan have nothing to disclose.

The COPD Foundation planners and managers having the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Michael W. Hess, MPH, RRT, RPFT
Advisory Board: Boehringer Ingelheim
Consultant: NDD Medical
Speakers’ Bureau: Boehringer Ingelheim, Theravance Biopharma, Viatris
Writer: NDD Medical

Courtney Crim, MD
Consultant: Theravance Biopharma
Employee: GlaxoSmithKline

The Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. planners and managers have nothing to disclose.


This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


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There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. For your participation you will be able to receive a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME creditTM. To do so, you must participate in the virtual livestream activity and complete the posttest and evaluation following the event. A statement of credit will be issued within 4 weeks of submission of a completed activity evaluation form.