Jointly presented by The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing
and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Summary
Over the last several decades, the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has continued to increase, and the impact of this disease on healthcare will continue to be a major issue. Despite declining rates of smoking, the physiologic manifestations of COPD may only be apparent decades after an individual starts smoking. Due to the timing between the initiation of smoking and the evidence of disease, this is primarily a disease of the older adult population. Although a cure is not available, several pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments are being used to impact and improve symptoms, exercise tolerance, and quality of life. Within this case module, we will address the diagnostic criteria for COPD, evaluation and treatment of acute exacerbations management goals, comorbidities, and the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD for this vulnerable population.   

Goal
The goal of this educational activity is to educate nurses, physicians, and other interested healthcare providers about the risks of vulnerable patients living with COPD. Education will include the identification, treatment, and long-term management of COPD.

Intended Audience
This activity is designed to educate healthcare professionals including, but not limited to, nurses (primary care and long-term care setting), nurse practitioners, physician assistants, primary care physicians, and gerontologists. No prerequisites required.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the diagnostic criteria for COPD.
  • Discuss evaluation and treatment of acute exacerbations of COPD.
  • Describe the management goals for the COPD patient.
  • Identify relevant comorbidities of COPD, such as hypoxemia and depression.
  • State the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD.

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine take responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CNE/CME activity.

CNE/CME Information
Accreditation Statements
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners:  AANP Provider Number 061216. 

Credit Designation Statements
Nurses
This 1 contact hour educational activity is provided by The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing. Claim only those contact hours actually spent in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners
This educational activity has been granted 1 contact hour of continuing education (which includes 0.1 of pharmacology hours).

Physicians
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release date: June 30, 2009. Expiration date: June 30, 2011.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Activity Format
Web-based module, which includes a video case study interspersed with didactic presentations.

To Receive Contact Hours
Complete this educational activity, online evaluation form, and post-test. After you successfully complete the post-test and evaluation, you will be able to print a certificate stating the contact hours for this educational activity.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure
It is the policy of The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing to require our continuing nursing education program faculty and planning committee members to disclose any financial relationships with companies providing program funding or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed in the program. The planning committee and participating faculty report that they do not have financial relationships with manufacturers of any commercial products they discuss in the activity.

Full Disclosure Policy Affecting CME Activities
As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), it is the policy of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to require the disclosure of the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship a faculty member or a sponsor has with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation.

The presenting faculty reported the following:

Planning Committee
Jane C. Shivnan, MScN, RN, AOCN
Executive Director
The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing
Baltimore, MD

Ms Shivnan reports having no relevant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

Charles Boult, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor of Public Health (joint appointment in Medicine and Nursing)
Director, Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, Department of Health Policy and Management
The Johns Hopkins University
School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD

Dr Boult reports having no relevant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

Participating Faculty
Enid R. Neptune, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Institute of Genetic Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Dr Neptune reports having no relevant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

Disclaimer Statement
The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty and other experts whose input is included in this activity are their own. This enduring material is produced for educational purposes only. Use of The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine names implies review of educational format, design, and approach. Please review the complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combinations of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings, and adverse effects, before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

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Supported by an independent educational grant from Astellas and an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company.

     
 
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