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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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Term: 2010
Published: October 3, 2012
Revised: February 21, 2014

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for over 120,000 deaths annually. The population burden for COPD continues to increase, with prevalence similar to diabetes and asthma.  COPD also can have a long pre-symptomatic phase. Of the estimated 24 million Americans with COPD, half are undiagnosed.  Both physicians and patients under recognize the potential benefits of appropriate disease management for COPD.

This CME activity presents a framework for managing chronic COPD, treating mild to moderate acute exacerbations, as well as improving symptoms, quality of life and lung function while reducing morbidity and mortality in patients with COPD.

About the Creators

Team Leader
  
Davoren A Chick, MD
General Medicine

Team Members
  
Paul J Grant, MD
General Medicine
 
Meilan K Han, MD, MS
Pulmonary Medicine
 
R Van Harrison, PhD
Medical Education
 
Elisa B Picken, MD
Family Medicine

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