Overview

“Lung Health Updates for Primary Care Providers: Conversations with NHLBI” is a series of CME podcast episodes produced by Pri-Med in partnership with Learn More Breathe Better®, a program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. In this episode on COPD treatment for primary care providers, we are joined by Dr. Mihaela Stefan, a Program Officer with NHLBI’s Division of Lung Diseases, and Dr. MeiLan Han, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Michigan. We’ll be discussing the range of treatments for patients diagnosed with COPD using spirometry, including lifestyle interventions, pulmonary rehabilitation, medications, and non-medication COPD treatments. 

Learning Objectives

  • Review lifestyle changes that primary care providers can recommend to improve the quality of life for all patients with COPD
  • Discuss the role of pulmonary rehab in COPD
  • Review classes of medication used for COPD treatment
  • Discuss additional non-pharmacologic COPD treatments for patients with severe cases of COPD, including oxygen supplementation, surgery, and palliative approaches
     

Faculty

Mihaela Stefan, MD, PhD

Program Officer with National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health 

MeiLan Han, MD

Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Michigan 

Disclosures

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty, and all have been mitigated by Pri-Med Institute.

Mihaela Stefan, MD: No relevant financial relationships

MeiLan Han, MD: Advisory Board: GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cipla, Chiesi, Novartis, Pulmonx, Teva, Verona, Merck, Mylan, Sanofi, DevPro, Aerogen, Polarian, Regeneron; Research: Astrazeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Gala Therapeutics, Biodesix, the COPD Foundation and the American Lung Association; Stock Options from Meissa Vaccines and Altesa Biopharma; Consultant: GlaxoSmithKline.  

Charles Vega, MD: Consultant, GlaxoSmithKline.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 



CME/CE Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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 Pri-Med Institute and National  Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Breath Better Network. Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Designation Statement

Pri-Med Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Education Partner

Learn More Breathe Better®, a program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health 

 

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