Patient-centered Approaches to the Management of COPD

Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Marriott 5
Indianapolis Downtown Marriott
350 West Maryland Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225


6:30 AM – 7:00 AM   Registration/Breakfast Served
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM   Practitioner’s EdgeSM Scientific Session
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM   Question & Answer Session/Closing Remarks

Practitioner's Edge℠ Panel

Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Staff Physician
Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Krystal Craddock, BSRC, RRT-NPS, AE-C, CCM
RTIV, COPD Case Manager
Interim Department Supervisor
Department of Respiratory Care
UC Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, California

Program Overview

The burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on today’s healthcare landscape remains high. Addressing this burden requires increased vigilance of changing COPD symptoms and risk factors for exacerbations and hospitalizations. It also requires that specialty providers evaluate patient status and provide therapies matched to individual patient needs. Gaps remain in healthcare provider ability to recognize individualized risk factors in patients with COPD as well as collaboration between inpatient and outpatient providers.

Respiratory therapists are a steady presence during care for patients with COPD, and are ideally positioned to communicate with the hospital team, report findings from patient assessments, develop and modify COPD care plans, and consult with other departments involved in patient care. After hospital discharge and while patients are in the community, respiratory therapists can confirm patients have the appropriate long-term care and follow-up appointments and work with care coordinators and medical equipment providers involved in cases.

This program aims to address these gaps through novel education mechanisms and review strategies that have shown to be effective in reducing the burden imposed by COPD.

Program Format

Practitioner’s EdgeSM Workshops are innovative, interactive meetings that provide attendees with cutting edge medical education in a peer-to-peer discussion setting. Practitioner’s EdgeSM provides the practicing healthcare provider with tools and education that may be utilized immediately in daily practice.

In this Practitioner’s EdgeSM program, case studies will be utilized to illustrate issues related to patients with COPD. Audience participation will be invited via interactive questions interspersed throughout the program. The results of the interactive questions will serve as a catalyst for faculty discussion and best-practice reinforcement.

Target Audience

This educational initiative has been designed for respiratory therapists, internal medicine physicians, and other healthcare providers involved in the care of patients with COPD.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe a long-term management plan that improves disease monitoring, risk assessment, and exacerbation prevention in patients with COPD
  • Review the efficacy and safety of newer bronchodilator therapies and their combinations for patients with COPD
  • Select COPD medications and their devices based on the individualized needs of patients with COPD


There is no registration fee for attending this symposium, however, seating is limited.


Call Integrity Continuing Education at 1-855-835-4004

Preregistration does not guarantee seating. We recommend arriving at the meeting location early.


This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.25 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the AARC, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. Course #149347000.


Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest (COI)

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

A detailed disclosure for all persons in control of content, including faculty presenters, will be provided at the live event.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.

 Provided by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.
Supported by an educational grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.