Making a diagnosis of COPD

The aim of this programme is to help instil correct COPD diagnosis in practice, identify patients on COPD registers that may not have the condition, and to identify the missing patients who may be living with undiagnosed COPD.

Check out the TV show and tutorials on the diagnosis of COPD in practice. When you are ready, navigate to the assessment to achieve the certificate.

Tutorials

Subjective clinical impression of COPD

Pre and post bronchodilator spirometry

When COPD is not confirmed

Guidelines

COPD Diagnosis and Management Guideline

Resources

Diagnosis and management of COPD in primary care

A guide for those working in primary care, produced by PCRS-UK, is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Lung Foundation.

Lambeth and Southwark Adult Breathlessness Assessment Algorithm

A structured approach for clinicians to assess long-term breathlessness and identify a cause.

Opportunities to diagnose COPD in routine care in the UK: a retrospective study of a clinical cohort

Patterns of health-care use and comorbidities present in patients in the period before diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are unknown. We investigated these factors to inform future case-finding strategies.

Assessments

Making a diagnosis of COPD

40-minute case-based assessment

20 multiple choice questions

80% pass mark (16 out of 20)

Unlimited retakes

On successful completion, your certificate will appear here.

Undertake Assessment

QI projects

Getting the diagnosis right for patients on the COPD register

Fixing the COPD register (Project ONE of TWO)

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Overview of the project

This is the first of two projects, with the aim to review the COPD register and ensure all patients have an accurate diagnosis of COPD.

Why is it important?

Data collected from GP practices across Wales suggest that only 11.5% patients on the COPD registers have evidence to support their diagnosis of COPD.

Who is this for?

This QI project is aimed at primary care teams who have a register of COPD patients.

Getting the diagnosis right for patients on the COPD register

The COPD Diagnostic Review (Project TWO of TWO)

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Overview of the project

This is the second of two projects, which involves inviting a patient in for a review of their COPD diagnosis and coding them correctly.

Why is it important?

Data collected from GP practices across Wales suggest that only 11.5% patients on the COPD registers have evidence to support their diagnosis of COPD.

Who is this for?

This QI project is aimed at primary care teams who have a register of COPD patients.

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