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course information

This course is designed to prepare healthcare professionals working in primary and secondary care to provide appropriate and effective treatment and support for people with Asthma and COPD, that enables them to manage their condition and prevent progression across all stages of the disease. The content reflects the priorities for care identified in the NICE (2010) guidelines for the management of COPD in adults.


aims and objectives

  • Provide continuing professional development in the management of asthma and COPD

  • Be alert to the changing and developing management of these condition


course contents

  • History taking

  • Asthma or COPD the difference?

  • Aetiology and epidemiology of asthma

  • Statistical data

  • Diagnosis and assessment of asthma

  • What is spirometry and why do we measure this?

  • Therapeutic management of asthma

  • New evidence for pharmacological management

  • The management and prevention of asthma and COPD exacerbations in primary care

  • Management of asthma in children

  • Case studies and group work

  • Inhalers and techniques

  • Asthma action planning and patient education-self management strategies

  • An overview of COPD guidelines and national strategies and frameworks

  • Therapeutic management of COPD

  • New evidence for pharmacological management

  • Oxygen therapy correct use and changes in management

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation


who should attend?

  • Practice Nurses

  • Nurses

  • Community Nurses

  • Allied Health Professionals

  • Pharmacists

  • Occupational Health Nurses

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