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Managing COPD in Primary Care

CE Information
2.0 CE credits (0.5 pharmacology)
Completion Time
122 minutes
Available Until
August 8, 2024
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Clinical Topics
COPD, Primary Care, and Respiratory

COPD is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and around the world. Unfortunately, many clinicians do not have the time or resources to optimally manage this complex disease. This presentation will provide an overview of COPD pathophysiology as well as best practices for managing the condition, including pharmacological, non-pharmacological, and advanced interventions. The presentation is designed to give busy clinicians immediately actionable recommendations to enhance patient care for the COPD community.

Learning Objectives

  1. Determine potential cases of COPD and pre-COPD in their patient panels.
  2. Optimize medication management (including determining the best aerosol delivery device for each patient).
  3. Integrate more non-pharmacological interventions for patients including pulmonary rehabilitation and bronchoscopic lung volume reduction.


Mike Hess
Mike Hess MPH, RPFT, RRT

Mike Hess, MPH, RPFT, RRT, is Senior Director of Patient Outreach and Education at the COPD Foundation. A respiratory therapist by trade, he is currently the project lead for Oxygen360, a “moon shot” program focused on improving all aspects of supplemental oxygen therapy delivery. In addition, he supports other projects in education and advocacy throughout the foundation, including establishing the “101 Library,” a series of clinical education resources designed to reinforce the basics of various aspects of COPD care. Prior to joining the foundation, Mike served in a unique position at WMed Health in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As chronic disease coordinator, he provided patient education, diagnostic testing, care coordination, and other respiratory care services as part of a primary care clinic while also designing and implementing community outreach programs to enhance respiratory health. Mike is a registered respiratory therapist and has a Master of Public Health degree from Western Michigan University. In 2019 he received the Ambulatory and Post-Acute Care Specialty Practitioner of the Year from the American Association for Respiratory Care.

CE Information

This activity offers 2.0 CE credits (0.5 pharmacology) to attendees.

Accredited by This activity offers up to 2 CE hours to attendees, including 0.5 pharmacology hours. Click here to find the CE hours available for your profession: https://catalog.pesi.com/item/managing-copd-primary-care-122846#tabCredit.

Find additional CE information here: Managing COPD in Primary Care CE Info


Financial: Michael Hess has an employment relationship with the COPD Foundation.  He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michael Hess has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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