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COPD: clinical review

COPD: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


January 16, 2014


August 10, 2016

Programme Description

This article by Dr Nicholas Hopkinson discusses aetiology and risk factors for COPD. Simple interventions are considered such as stopping smoking and pulmonary rehabilitation, plus pharmacotherapy for the condition. Updated in 2016.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Consider smoking as a causal factor for COPD and therefore be able to stress to patients the importance of smoking cessation
  • Discuss which investigations are suitable for a patient with suspected COPD
  • State which management options should be considered aside from pharmacotherapy
  • Understand and relay to patients the likely prognosis of this condition
  • Readers' comments

    `Excellent module.'

    `Having recently completed a post-grad course in COPD, I found this to be a very good, concise and accurate summary to a very large subject.’

    `Very good article - specially for GP Practice.’


    Activity author
    Dr Nicholas Hopkinson
    Reader in respiratory medicine and clinical lead for COPD at Royal Brompton Hospital
    Clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London
    Medical adviser for the British Lung Foundation
    Chairman of the British Thoracic Society specialist advisory group on COPD

    Test author
    Dr Louise Warburton

    GPwSI in rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine

    NHS Telford and Wrekin


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours 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.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required