Fighting to Breathe: Ensuring Quality COPD Care for All
Case Consults – Infographic Text based

Released On
November 5, 2021

Expires On
November 5, 2022

Media Type

Completion Time
30 minutes

Primary Care 


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This activity is provided by Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC.

In collaboration with the Association of Pulmonary Advanced Practice Providers and the COPD Foundation.  

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

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • Respiratory Care — maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour(s)

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

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of internists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare providers involved in the care of patients with COPD.

Program Overview

Racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by COPD, with significantly higher rates of exacerbations, hospitalizations, and deaths compared with white people. Primary care-driven efforts are urgently needed to uproot the disparities in COPD care that contribute to these bleak outcomes. Join us for a multimedia, expert-led exploration of evidence-based strategies you can use now to identify COPD sooner and to provide effective, safe, and equitable treatment to people of color.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify risk factors, signs, and symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that warrant a high index of suspicion and further evaluation across diverse patient subsets
  • Formulate evidence-based treatment plans for patients with COPD based on symptom severity and exacerbation history
  • Devise COPD treatment plans that accord with patients’ needs, capabilities, and preferences


Sandra G. Adams, MD, MS

Professor, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine
UT Health San Antonio
Staff Physician, The South Texas Veterans Health Care System
San Antonio, TX

Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS (Chair)  

Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY

Ramon Reyes, MD

Medical Director and Principal Investigator
Bandera Family Medical Group
San Antonio, TX

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Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PA Continuing Education

PAs may claim a maximum of 0.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.

Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) Credit

This Non-traditional program has been approved for 1.00 contact hour(s) Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063. Course # 186415000.

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The content of this activity was independently reviewed to ensure that it is fair and balanced, scientifically rigorous, evidence based, and aligned with the public interest. All relevant relationships have been mitigated.

Sandra G. Adams, MD, MS

  • Research Funding: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; GlaxoSmithKline; Suneva Medical, Inc (all funds paid to medical school)


Fernando Martinez, MD, MS

  • Advisor: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; GlaxoSmithKline
  • Research Funding: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; Chiesi Limited; GlaxoSmithKline; Sanofi-Regeneron
  • Other: Medtronic (Adjunction Committee)


Ramon G. Reyes, MD has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC staff members have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose

The following COPD Foundation staff reviewer and planner have the following financial relationship(s) to disclose.

David Mannino

  • Consultant: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals 
  • Stocks: GlaxoSmithKline


Kristen Szymonik, BS, RRT, AE-C has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Independent peer reviewer has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

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  • View the online activity in its entirety.
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