Challenging Cases in COPD: Early Diagnosis, Management, and Exacerbation Prevention

Released On
July 31, 2020

Expires On
July 30, 2021

Media Type

Completion Time
60 minutes



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This collaborative program was developed and presented by National Jewish Health with the Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute and the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute - Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health. Together, these three organizations collaborate on research, clinical trials and other programs extending the impact they bring to patients and furthering the understanding of respiratory illness. The Respiratory Institute model of collaboration currently brings these three entities together, collectively referred to as “The Respiratory Institutes”.

The Respiratory Institutes provide specialized programs committed to multidisciplinary consultation, advanced diagnostics, and coordinated, collaborative care for the full range of lung conditions. With expert faculty working in sync, the Institutes are well-positioned to provide education to health care providers on best practices in respiratory medicine and improving overall care coordination.

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • Registered Nurses – 1.0 Nursing contact hour

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

This activity contains four 15-minute chapters each worth .25 credit. Physicians can consume all or part of the segments. Registered nurses will need to complete the full activity to earn 1.0 nursing contact hour.

Target Audience

Pulmonologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses.

Program Overview

COPD remains a leading cause of death in the United States and each exacerbation increases the chance of mortality, yet COPD exacerbations are not generally considered as severe as a heart attack. Literature reveals that many patients with COPD are not effectively diagnosed until they are hospitalized. Early recognition, appropriate diagnosis, and effective treatment of COPD is urgent in light of the mortality, morbidity and economic consequences of the disease. This activity includes case-based scenarios that highlight key issues related to early diagnosis, exacerbation prevention, treatment of COPD, and patient-centered strategies for communication and personalized treatment selection.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss best practice approaches for early diagnosis and management of COPD to prevent and reduce exacerbation.
  • Review current and emerging therapeutics in the treatment of COPD.
  • Describe patient-centered strategies for creating personalized treatment and management plans for COPD to improve patient adherence.


Russell P. Bowler, MD, PhD

Russell P. Bowler, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

Russell P. Bowler, MD, PhD

Sidney S. Braman, MD, FCCP

Professor Emeritus
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai-National Jewish Respiratory Institute
New York, NY

Accreditation Statement

National Jewish Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

National Jewish Health designates this online enduring educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12724 for 1.0 nursing contact hours.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), National Jewish Health requires that all program faculty, content developers, CME approval committee, and those in position to control the content of this activity disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of non-profit or governmental organizations and non-health care related companies. Our goal is to ensure that there is no compromise of the ethical relationship that exists between those in a position to control the content of the activity and those attending the activity and their respective professional duties.

All CME educational activities sponsored by National Jewish Health are reviewed by our faculty CME committee to ensure a balanced and evidence-based presentation. Any potential conflict of interest among program faculty has been identified and resolved according to ACCME guidelines.

Faculty Disclosures

Judy Blevins has no financial relationships to disclose.
Russell P. Bowler, MD, PhD has no financial relationships to disclose.
Sidney S. Braman, MD, FCCP discloses he is on an advisory board for AstraZeneca and a speaker for Genentech.
Leroy Leonay has no financial relationships to disclose.
Devra Keyes has no financial relationships to disclose.
Kathrine Small has no financial relationships to disclose.

Planners and Reviewers Disclosures

Stephanie Corder, ND, RN has no financial relationships to disclose.
Deborah A. Fending, RN has no financial relationships to disclose.
Andrea Harshman, MHA, CHCP, CMP-HC has no financial relationships to disclose.
Lauren Rieck has no financial relationships to disclose.
Amen Sergew, MD has no financial relationships to disclose.

Patient in inhaler technique video has no financial relationships to disclose.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants.

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this enduring activity. To receive CME credit participants must:

  1. Read the learning objectives and disclosures
  2. Study the educational activity
  3. Complete the post-test and the evaluation form
If you successfully complete the post-test (score of 70% or higher), your certificate will be made available immediately. If you have any question relating to the accreditation of this activity, please contact:

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The faculty of this educational activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. Faculty members have been advised to disclose to the audience any reference to an unlabeled or investigational use.

No endorsement of unapproved products or uses is made or implied by coverage of these products or uses.

Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indicators, contraindications and warnings.


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Challenging Cases in COPD: Presentation Slides

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