Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
- emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
- chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people do not realise they have it.The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control.
To update participants in the classification and management of COPD using current guidelines and evidence.
At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
- classify the patient’s COPD using the ABCD classification tool using ACT/MRC scores and exacerbation history
- understand the treatment algorithm for the ABCD classification
- have an understanding of the ongoing care and management of the person with COPD utilising current best practice.