Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) @Point of Care™



Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease @Point of Care™ is an interactive resource to support learning in the field of COPD. Fernando Martinez, MD, MS, a leading COPD authority and an author of the highly respected GOLD guidelines, is Editor-in-Chief. Within each chapter, you will find supportive multimedia hyperlinks that provide access to illustrations, videos, journal articles, glossary terms, online textbooks, and other resources to enhance understanding of relevant issues, plus audience polling questions and expert audio commentary.

In Chapter 1, noted epidemiologist and pulmonary physician David M. Mannino, MD, introduces this Edition with an overview of the latest epidemiologic findings on COPD.

In Chapter 2, University of Michigan pulmonologist MeiLan Han, MD, an authority on the pathology of COPD and its phenotypic variations, provides an overview of how inflammatory processes lead to pathologic changes in this disease.

Chapter 3, Current Concepts in COPD Diagnosis, presented by Dr. Martinez, provides a summary of the latest diagnostic recommendations, tips to assist with the differential diagnosis, and many resources for physicians who want to fine-tune their diagnostic skills and improve the recognition of early lung disease in their practices.

Treatment of COPD involves accurate assessment of disease status at baseline and throughout the course of the disease. Common pitfalls include treating asthma and COPD with the same agents, and failure to target treatment toward the patient’s disease severity and clinical characteristics, such as a risk of frequent exacerbations. In Chapter 4, Barry Make, MD, Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Respiratory Care at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, describes updates to COPD treatment recommendations.

Exacerbations of COPD are associated with high risk for hospitalization, worsening of disease course, increased mortality risk, and high treatment costs. To improve care in COPD, prompt diagnosis and appropriate management of exacerbations are essential. In Chapter 5, Barbara Yawn, MD, MSc, an authority on the primary care management of COPD affiliated with Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, MN, discusses symptoms and clinical characteristics to help early detection of COPD exacerbations, recommended interventions, and therapeutic approaches for outpatient exacerbation management.

Chapter 6 highlights two COPD cases, presented by Barbara Yawn, MD, MSc, to guide specialists and primary care providers step by step through challenging scenarios in COPD management.