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COPD: Improving Patient Outcomes: You Can Make a Difference

COPD: Improving Patient Outcomes: You Can Make a Difference


Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1 Hour


August 1, 2009


August 31, 2010

Program Description

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth most common cause of death in the United States, has a high and growing mortality rate. Yet it is often undiagnosed and undertreated. This CME/CE monograph provides physician assistants and nurse practitioners with an educational tool — based on “real-life” practice issues, needs, and case study — that can help them apply elements of practice guidelines and performance improvement to their diagnosis and management of patients with COPD.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Define the integration of efficient performance improvement (PI) interventions using the diagnosis and management of stable COPD as a model
  • Articulate why it is essential to confirm the diagnosis of COPD using spirometry
  • Explain the treatment options for stable COPD patients
  • Describe the benefits of smoking cessation on lung function in patients with COPD
  • Identify PI interventions that will facilitate improved, time-efficient clinician practice and patient outcomes


Dennis E. Niewoehner, MD, is on the speakers’ bureaus for Boehringer-Ingelheim and Sepracor, Inc., and serves as a consultant for GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca.

Susan Collazo, RN, MSN, NP-C, has nothing to disclose with regard to commercial support.

William C. Kohlhepp, DHSc, PA-C, has no financial relationship with the grantor and/or any commercial interest. Mr. Kohlhepp owns stock in Pfizer Inc.

Claire Murphy, RN, MSN, NP-C, has nothing to disclose with regard to commercial support.

Gabriel R. Ortiz, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, serves as a consultant and is on the speakers’ bureaus for AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Genentech Inc., Schering-Plough Corporation, sanofi-aventis, TEVA/TEVA Specialty Pharmaceuticals; Sepracor, Inc., Phadia US Inc./Quest Diagnostics, Pfizer Inc., and UCB.

This program is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer-Ingelheim and Pfizer Inc.


Dennis E. Niewoehner, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota
Director, Pulmonary Division
VA Medical Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Susan Collazo, RN, MSN, NP-C
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Thoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, Illinois

William C. Kohlhepp, DHSc, PA-C
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Education
Director of Entry Level Masters Physician Assistant Program
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, Connecticut

Claire Murphy, RN, MSN, NP-C
Pulmonary Instructor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

Gabriel R. Ortiz, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Physician Assistant
Pediatric Pulmonary Services
El Paso, Texas




CE for Nurses

Accreditation Statement

NPACE is an approved provider of continuing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc. (MARN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Designation Statement

NPACE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 contact hour of credit.




AAPA Category I CME credit

Accreditation Statement

This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

Designation Statement

This program is approved for 1 hour of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel.


To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better is required. This CME is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the posttest survey, and have received your digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on within your Profile/Exam History, which you can then access at any time.


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