The Infectious Disease Society of America in conjunction with the American Thoracic Society have updated their guidelines on diagnosing and treating Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) in adults. Recommended changes from the 2007 guidelines include how to address the growing issue of antibiotic resistance. We will review this latest recommendation, focusing on the best approach for outpatient care.
Patients with COPD frequently have exacerbations, often triggered by an acute upper respiratory infection (URI). C-reactive protein (CRP) testing is a new way of assessing whether or not antibiotics are needed to treat.
The FDA has not approved any ENDS product as an effective or safe smoking cessation tool. Earlier evidence did not indicate that ENDS were effective or sustainable. Most of these studies were done on earlier prototypes of e-cigarettes. A recent study from the UK found that newer generation ENDS were more successful than approved NRT products for smoking cessation. Join us as we discuss this new evidence and how it impacts strategies to assist with smoking cessation.
This session, recorded on 5/8/2020, will describe the recent advances in treatment for severe asthma. Faculty will use patient case examples to describe a systematic approach for assessing patients with difficult-to-control asthma and review the stepwise treatment of asthma. They will also discuss how primary care clinicians can help to identify patients in their practice who would benefit from further subtyping of their asthma and treatment with biologic therapies. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording on 5/8/2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.
In this session, the speaker will discuss some challenging diagnostic cases that primary care practitioners may face in their practice. These cases will feature interpretation of laboratory and imaging studies as well as encounters with rare diseases and conditions. You will learn which aspects of the history and physical exam are most useful to establish certain diagnoses, increase your awareness of certain uncommon but “can’t miss” diagnoses, and become familiar with clinical decision aids that improve diagnostic accuracy for certain common diagnoses. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8th, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.
This interactive session will review common questions that come up in primary care through a wheel game format. Faculty will cover a variety of topics including obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid disease, LGBTQ health, dizziness, adolescent health, as well as current hot topics in medicine. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 2/8/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.
This talk will focus on several common and confusing topics and scenarios that often arise in the primary care practice setting. The faculty will review an approach to patients who come into the clinic with a diagnosis of asthma for whom the clinical suspicion is low that includes spirometry and methacholine challenge interpretation. Next, the talk will cover the evidence for using long-term oxygen therapy in respiratory patients and the various oxygen delivery systems. The faculty will also discuss the approach to chronic cough when typical therapies have failed to improve systems as well as current evidence and approach to lung cancer screening. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 2/6/2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.
Test your knowledge on severe asthma with this interactive game of Jeopardy! Learn about diagnosis, biomarkers and assessment tools, medications and management, asthma heterogeneity, and associated conditions as you try to get a high score! Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of 7/2/2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.
Confused about new treatments for asthma? Wondering if your patient even has asthma? In this talk, you will learn to be confident in your diagnosis of asthma and recognize if it is well controlled or out of control. The faculty will discuss how to fit new treatments into the guidelines-based stepped treatment scheme and select among the many choices at each level.
This presentation will provide a pulmonologist’s “curbside consult” on three common topics in pulmonary medicine: treating a patient with chronic cough, managing with a patient with a positive PPD skin test, and following up after the finding of a solitary pulmonary nodule on chest imaging. The first section will emphasize the differential diagnoses for chronic cough besides asthma, such as post-nasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux, and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor-associated cough. The second section will address who should be tested for latent tuberculosis, how best to test, and optimal patient selection for TB chemoprophylaxis. In the third section, we will consider annual screening for lung cancer in active and former smokers, and how to manage an incidentally found solitary lung nodule.
Help your patients breathe easier with practical takeaways from this session on the individualized management of asthma. You will learn to diagnose and assess asthma severity and how to implement a stepwise approach to treatment based on that severity as well as asthma subtype, phenotype or endotype, and any underlying comorbidities. Self-management strategies from faculty experts and a proper inhaler technique demonstration will empower you to make a difference in the lives of your patients with asthma.