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In this presentation, Frank C. Sciurba, MD, discusses how COPD impacts patients and offers different treatment approaches. He also discusses the current guidelines for the use of maintenance bronchodilator therapy in patients with COPD in reducing exacerbations and improving quality of life.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Identify and understand the multiple domains in which COPD impacts patients and to which treatment can be directed 
  • Explain current guidelines for the use of maintenance bronchodilator therapy in patients with COPD in reducing exacerbations and improving quality of life
  • Implement the use of inhaled corticosteroids, guided by peripheral blood eosinophils to maximize benefits and minimize risks in the treatment of COPD
  • Identify the evolving role of precision treatment using bronchoscopic device and biologic therapy in COPD


Dr. Sciurba has reported a relevant financial relationship with an entity producing health care goods or services.

Grant/Research: COPD Foundation, National Institutes of Health, PCORI, AstraZen

Consultant: AstraZeneca

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

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Release Date: 12/13/2021| Last Modified On: 12/13/2021 | Expires: 12/13/2022

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