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 course, participants should be able to:
- have an understanding of the clinical evidence underpinning the diagnosis of COPD including spirometry.
- have an understanding of the ongoing care and management of the person with COPD utilising current best practice.
- Understand inhaler technique.
- Understand the importance of smoking cessation.