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The Future of COPD Treatment and Management: A Multi-disciplinary Care Approach

Resource Type: Webinars

In this hour-long webinar, a variety of speakers address the current state of COPD care and future approach improvements. A COPD patient opens the event with a discussion of his personal experience and how, in hindsight, he might have changed his communication with his physician in order to address his COPD earlier. Speakers then discuss proactive communication with patients to detect disease earlier and a public health, preventive approach to the disease; best practice approaches to assessing severity of disease through symptom recognition; techniques to support self-management and behavior modification, including involving the patient's family; approaches to improve early diagnosis; removing the guilt and blame from this chronic disease; the role of LABA/LAMAs and step-wise treatments in COPD care; the impact of disease severity on the approach to treatment; most significant advancements in the treatment of COPD; the anticipated release of updated GOLD guidelines and what improvements the physician speakers would like to see in the new publication; and how quickly new guidelines are disseminated and adopted. Questions from the viewing audience were answered before the close of the session.

Note: sound for some portions of the event is dramatically improved with the use of earbuds or headphones.

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Citation: Peck, P et al. The Future of COPD Treatment and Management: A Multi-disciplinary Care Approach [webinar]. Accessed March 12, 2020.
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  • Removing guilt and blame is surely a tough beast to conquer. When even people with copd are in judgement of other copd patients, judging their own disease process or functioning abilities against another, then how can people or practioners possibly ever achieve a non judgmental attitude.
    Copd is so variable in each person, that to compare anything at all is futile. For the very symptomatic person with copd, to talk about attitude, might feel like shame or blame. I have seen too many people claiming their functional ability as a product of will power or attitude, and not the variability of copd.
    One should question, am I able to be positive, or exercise because I am simply not as symptomatic? Or should I take credit for where I am.
    It is difficult enough for someone that is low function and highly symptomatic to be made to feel that if they only try, they will feel better. It might work for some, it definitely does not work for all.
    And I think for the highly symptomatic, there are few places where they can feel accepted, since once copd becomes harsh, many remain in the home, isolated. Mistaking will power for ability does nothing for empowering people to tell their side of the story.

  • This was a great webinar, very informative. Glad I took the time to watch this one. Thanks.

    • I haven't seen the webinar yet (I will, for sure), but I've thought about the blame thing, which is really a case of blaming the victim. I think Susan Sontag wrote a book some years ago about self-blame and cancer. I sometimes blame myself for just about everything until I stop and think about it, and maybe even "thinking" doesn't make the blame thing go away. I have COPD. My diagnosing pulmonologist, though technically an excellent physician and a really nice man to boot, seemed almost gleeful when he found out I had been a smoker for 27 years, and I've run into that with other doctors. Well, sure, I did something dumb for 27 years, and that's stupid. But I quit 35 years ago. Even so, it's neither here nor there. It is what it is, and is it helpful to assess blame? I also heated our farm home with wood, mostly--that's not good in retrospect. And I lived on a farm in dusty Kansas. That's not good in retrospect. But of what use to blame? Blame doesn't cure, it may contribute to depression which in can interfere with good treatment--surely it does. As a matter of fact, everybody does dumb and negative things. No one is born a saint.