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COPD and interpretation of spirometry readings

COPD and interpretation of spirometry readings

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Time to Complete

1 hour


February 13, 2018


February 13, 2018

Programme Description

Dr Philip Ind describes the characteristics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and how spirometry can be used to aid diagnosis of the condition. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include how the presentation of COPD may differ from patient to patient, and how it can be distinguished from asthma.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Appreciate the impact of COPD globally and in the UK
  • Understand the pathophysiology of COPD
  • Reflect on the heterogeneity of COPD in different patients
  • Understand the role of spirometry in reaching a diagnosis
  • Recognise the type of spirometry readings associated with obstructive disease
  • List attributes of COPD and asthma
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Philip W Ind
    Consultant physician
    Imperial College Healthcare Trust at Hammersmith Hospital
    Adjunct reader, NHLI


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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