As front-line health care providers, family physicians play a vital role in identifying chronic respiratory conditions. By detecting these conditions at patient care visits, family physicians have an opportunity to refer patients earlier and enable diagnosis and treatment sooner. Education about these conditions is key to early detection, which can potentially lead to better health outcomes.
COPD and Asthma account for 20% of visits to family physicians. Despite their similarities, they require different treatment methods and both are underdiagnosed and undertreated.
The disease is rare and its primary signs and symptoms -- breathlessness, cough, and decline in lung function -- make it diﬃcult to distinguish among other interstitial lung diseases (ILDs).
This free webcast covers care coordination best practices, co-morbidities associated with COPD, environmental factors, and how social determinants of health influence the condition.