Module B: Assessment and Management

CE Credits: 2.0

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The module identifies the main symptoms and risk factors associated with COPD, to help healthcare professionals identify the disease—or even the potential for onset of the disease—so that proper treatment and preventive measures can begin as soon as possible. The module details which questions case managers should ask during screenings and follow-ups, the best practices associated with treating exacerbations of COPD in hospital settings and tips for helping patients manage the disease at home.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Review the management strategies associated with COPD
» Discuss COPD risk reduction
» Explain the detection and diagnosis of COPD
» Review COPD management based on severity of the disease
» Describe COPD exacerbations
» Identify the appropriate venue, studies and management for treatment of COPD exacerbations

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Advance your professional practice: As case managers, we can act as a vital link between a patient and his or her team of healthcare professionals, especially as the patient transitions from the diagnosis of (or hospitalization due to) COPD into the management of the disease at home. Follow-up contact from case managers—in terms of making sure that smoking cessation goals are on track, or that medication is being used properly—can be critical to improving outcomes for patients.

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Improve organizational performance: If we are proactive as case managers—working with our team to implement the best management strategies for our patients—we can lower the number of exacerbations, hospitalizations and negative outcomes related to COPD.