Focusing on Control in COPD Management

A Case-Based Look at Exacerbation Prevention

Satellite CME Symposium held during FMX 2019

Jointly provided by Global Education Group and Integritas Communications.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca.

Dinner will be provided at this satellite CME symposium held during FMX 2019.

There is no registration fee for attending this symposium; however, seating is limited. Preregistration does not guarantee seating. We recommend arriving early.

This event is not a part of the official AAFP FMX.  

Target Audience

This activity is intended for primary care physicians (PCPs) and clinicians specializing in respiratory disorders.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Longitudinally manage patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by monitoring symptom progression, assessing therapeutic response, and adjusting treatment as needed
  • Individualize maintenance regimens for patients with COPD to minimize exacerbation risks
  • Educate patients on the need for appropriate physical activity, techniques to avoid exacerbations, and treatment adherence

Program Overview

Ongoing vigilant management of patients with COPD is essential to improving outcomes. The importance of implementing focused therapy in preventing exacerbations cannot be over-emphasized. Evidence-based education that addresses individualized maintenance regimens are needed to optimize COPD care over the long-term. Patients who experience COPD exacerbations and hospitalizations are at increased risk of falling into a perpetual cycle of symptom progression, declining lung function, increasing disability, and accumulating fatigue. Clinicians should routinely employ symptom evaluations and well-defined follow-up plans for patients with COPD. Most will require treatment with medications—often combination regimens—which will likely intensify throughout the course of the disease. Patient preferences, results from routine symptom reassessments, exacerbation risks, and therapeutic adherence should all shape treatment decisions that are shared between the patient and the clinician. This program will focus on patient-clinician communication as a fundamental aspect of COPD care that better addresses patient preferences, exacerbation prevention, treatment goals, and longitudinal management, while overcoming barriers to treatment adherence.


6:00 pm-6:30 pm    Registration & Dinner
6:30 pm-6:40 pm    Welcome & Preactivity Survey
6:40 pm-7:00 pm    Case #1: Individualizing Maintenance Therapy for COPD
7:00 pm-7:05 pm    Audience Question & Answer Session
7:05 pm-7:20 pm    Case #2: Escalating Therapy as COPD Progresses to Prevent Exacerbations
7:20 pm-7:25 pm    Audience Question & Answer Session
7:25 pm-7:45 pm    Case #3: Managing Patients with a Significant Comorbidity Load
7:45 pm-7:50 pm    Audience Question & Answer Session
7:50 pm-8:00 pm    Concluding Comments & Postactivity Survey

American Academy of Family Physicians Continuing Education

This Live activity, Focusing on Control in COPD Management: A Case-Based Look at Exacerbation Prevention, with a beginning date of 09/25/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.50 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Integritas.  Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

*This CME/CE activity complies with all requirements of the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act. If a reportable event is associated with this activity, the accredited provider managing the program will provide the appropriate physician data to the Open Payments database.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (ie, physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Christa Master prior to the live event at (727) 637-2945.

Global Contact Information

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