PatientGPS™: Clinical Paths in the Management of Patients with COPD

Jointly provided by National Jewish Health (NJH) and Catamount Medical Education.

This activity is supported by independent education grants from AstraZeneca and Boehringer Ingelheim.

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Release date: December 28, 2016

Valid through: December 28, 2017

Specialty: Pulmonology

Topic: COPD

Media: Internet

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, advanced practice nurses, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with COPD.

Program Overview

As the third leading cause of death in the United States, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can substantially affect a patient’s quality of life and creates a significant burden on society as a whole. Despite advancements in the understanding of the disease and newer treatment options, successful management of the patient with COPD remains challenging. From diagnosis and assessment, to identifying and addressing adherence, healthcare professionals who treat COPD are confronted with many barriers to optimal care. Successful management, however, can lead to improvements in patient morbidity and mortality, as well as decreases in healthcare expenditures and hospitalization. To address many of these challenges, National Jewish Health and Catamount Medical Education have developed PatientGPS™: Clinical Paths in the Management of Patients with COPD

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, participants should be better able to describe how to:

  • Implement evidence-based guidelines to manage dyspnea and activity limitations in patients with COPD
  • Employ strategies to minimize exacerbations in COPD patients
  • Utilize coordination of care approaches in patients recently hospitalized due to an exacerbation associated with COPD
  • Review barriers to patient adherence to COPD treatment
  • Implement patient education and patient communication strategies, along with customized treatment plans to promote patient adherence to COPD therapies

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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


Barry J. Make, MD

Professor of Medicine
National Jewish Health

Steven E. Lommatzsch, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
National Jewish Health

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of National Jewish Health (NJH) and Catamount Medical Education. NJH is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

National Jewish Health designates this enduring material 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.

Faculty and Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Policy

In accordance with ACCME requirements, National Jewish Health has a conflict of interest policy that requires faculty to disclose relevant financial relationships related to the content of their presentations/materials. Any potential conflicts are resolved so that presentations are evidence-based and scientifically balanced.

Barry J. Make, MD
  • Advisory Board: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Verona and Sunovion
  • Consultant: Novartis
  • Grants or Honoraria: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim
Steven E. Lommatzsch, MD

Dr. Lommatzsch has no financial relationship to disclose.

Planners and Independent Reviewers
Susan Denner, MD, MS
Medical Writer
Catamount Medical Education

Dr. Denner has no financial relationships to disclose.

Jennifer Green
Chief Learning Officer
Catamount Medical Education

Ms. Green has no financial relationships to disclose.

Sarah Meadows, MS, CHCP
Manager, Accreditation & Programs
National Jewish Health

Ms. Meadows has no financial relationships to disclose.

Harold S. Nelson, MD
Professor of Medicine
National Jewish Health

Dr. Nelson discloses that he is on the Advisory Board for AstraZeneca, Circassia, Merck, and Pearl Therapeutics as well as an Investigator for Circassia.

CME Disclaimer

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Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the period December 28, 2016 through December 28, 2017, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; and 3) complete the post-test and the evaluation form.

To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. We recommend that you print a copy of your answers before you submit them to us. Once completed, click on Submit Post-test at the bottom of the page. Your post-test will automatically be graded.

If you successfully complete the post-test (score of 75% or higher), your certificate will be made available immediately. Click on View Certificate and print the certificate for your records. If you receive a score of 74% or less, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the post-test. You may retake the post-test until successful.

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Contact Information

For questions regarding this activity, please contact Catamount Medical Education: 860-661-4159 or For accreditation questions, please contact the Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health: 303-398-1000 or