Do It Better: Closing Gaps in the Care of Patients with COPD

0.50 CME
$0 FEE


Release Date: 06/29/2020; Expiration Date: 06/29/2021

Target Audience

This curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of pulmonologists, internists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare providers who care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Apply current principles and recommendations to the clinical management of patients with COPD and exacerbations of COPD.
  • Evaluate the clinical rationale for individualizing the selection and use of inhalation therapy and assessment recommendations for patients with COPD and a history of exacerbations.
  • Proactively educate and review with patients the factors that affect device selection, including COPD severity, comorbidities, cognitive function, perceptions of medication efficacy, device convenience and ease of use.
  • Implement strategies in practice to ensure health care providers can train patients on proper inhalation technique, cleaning, and maintenance of the device which are essential to optimize efficacy and safety.

Criteria for Success

Statements of credit will be awarded based on the participant reviewing the activity, scoring a 70% on the post test, and completing and submitting an activity evaluation. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an online evaluation/claimed credit form. You must participate in the entire activity to receive credit. There is no fee to participant in this activity. If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact AKH Inc. at

CME/CE Credit provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare


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 AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and peerXchange Inc. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Faculty Disclosures

Michael Cirigliano, MD 
Founder's Associate Professor of Medicine
The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Cirigliano has no financial relationships to disclose. 

Joseph D. Zibrak, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA
Dr. Zibrak has no financial relationships to disclose. 

Staff and Reviewers Disclosures  
Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, AKH Lead Nurse Planner/Reviewer, has no financial relationships to disclose. 
Patricia Brignoni, AKH Director of Operations/Reviewer, has no financial relationships to disclose. 
Wendy Gloffke, PhD, Medical Writer, has no financial relationships to disclose. 
Deborah Dean, President, peerXchange, has no financial relationships to disclose.
AKH Inc. and peerXchange Inc., planners and reviewers has no financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Support

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

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of AKH Inc. and peerXchange Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity and may include any of or combination of the following: attestation to non-commercial content; notification of independent and certified CME expectations; referral to National Faculty Initiative training; restriction of topic area or content; restriction to discussion of science only; amendment of content to eliminate discussion of device or technique; use of other faculty for discussion of recommendations; independent review against criteria ensuring evidence support recommendation; moderator review; and peer review.  

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product

This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. 


This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. and peerXchange Inc., Inc. specifically disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content.

Required Hardware/Software

A computer with an internet connection
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
Other additional software may be required such as PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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