Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Last Reviewed: April 21, 2017

What You’ll Learn

  1. Describe the prevalence and burden of COPD on patients, families, and the health care system
  2. Recognize and anticipate the disease trajectory of COPD and its impact on prognosis and treatment
  3. Identify and address the sources of suffering for patients and families dealing with COPD

What You’ll Earn

CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:

Case Management: 1.00 CE
Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
Medicine: 0.75 CME, 0.75 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 1.00 CNE
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)

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Tools & Resources

GOLD Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management and Prevention

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Guidance on prevention, diagnosis, and management of COPD. Updated 2018.



Last Updated: November 12, 2015

Reducing physical and emotional suffering from dyspnea for patients with serious illness.

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Communication Skills

Last Updated: March 4, 2019

Techniques for communicating with patients and families about their serious illness and eliciting patient hopes, fears, and priorities for care.


Modified MRC (mMRC) Questionnaire

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Measure of breathlessness for patients living with COPD. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, 2014.


A New Approach for Identifying Patients with Undiagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

CAPTURE (COPD Assessment in Primary Care to Identify Undiagnosed Respiratory Disease and Exacerbation Risk) is a viable approach for patient screening and COPD case identification in primary care settings.


BODE Index for COPD

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

The BODE Index is a composite marker of disease, taking into consideration the systemic nature of COPD.


INSPIRED COPD Outreach ProgramTM

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

An evidence-based program to support quality of life and prevents crises for people living with COPD. Clinical and Investigative Medicine, 2014.

Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.

Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.

Megan E. Rau, MD. Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Contact information: For technical questions about online activity or continuing education credits, contact or 212-201-2674.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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