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Activity description

125858 - Step Up: Exacerbation Prevention in COPD

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This educational program provides an update on strategies to reduce
the risk of exacerbations in patients with moderate to severe COPD.

Relevance to General Practice

Dispensing data suggest potential issues with the quality use of medicines for airways disease. A national cross sectional survey of 91 Australian GPs participating in the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program provided data for 2589 patients (288 asthma; 135 COPD). GPs classified COPD as mild for 42.9%. Most patients with COPD (60.9%) were prescribed combination ICS therapy and 36.7% were prescribed triple therapy. There were substantial differences between guideline-based and GP- recorded assessment and prescription for asthma and COPD.

Learning outcomes

  1. Examine the clinical evidence behind pharmacological strategies for the reduction of exacerbation risk in patients with moderate to severe COPD
  2. Determine appropriate pharmacological strategies to reduce the risk of exacerbations in patients with moderate to severe COPD
  3. Create a patient recall system to reassess the management of moderate to severe COPD patients who are at risk of exacerbations

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Relevant data is clearly documented, securely stored and appropriately shared for quality improvement

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Care of older people
  • Men's health
  • Women's health

Activity sponsor

GSK Australia

Session summary


Thursday 13 Sep 2018 12:00am - Friday 13 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time








By invitation only

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Kim Magner
T: 0402135385