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.
Chronic Obstrictive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and Asthma
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.
Free Webinar: Spectrum of COPD Treatment
Friday, November 8, 11:30am-12:30pm CT
Join the AAFP and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) for a collaborative discussion about COPD management, care coordination, and treatment with a family physician, pulmonologist, and patients.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
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).