This discussion will unpack the updated Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines and cover key considerations for the diagnosis and management of COPD for primary care clinicians. In addition, you will learn about advances in medical treatment, when to consider referrals for advanced or difficult-to-manage disease, and novel therapeutics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply 2019 updates to the GOLD guidelines for COPD evaluation and management
  • Identify practical considerations for medical management and considerations adjunct treatments like pulmonary rehab, supplemental oxygen, and non-invasive ventilation
  • Describe advanced therapies like biologics, lung volume reduction, and transplantation
  • Recognize when to consider referral