Evidence-based Clinical Care: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma

This course provides evidence-based data supporting the standardization of care throughout Baptist Health for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Included in this course are treatment algorithms, physician resources and the new quality metrics by which all medical staff will be evaluated.

Note to Physicians: Be sure to bookmark this course to access all protocols, pathways, policies and procedures at your convenience via your CME Portal account. All power plans are available in Cerner. All EBCC deliverables will be available on the EBCC website.

Original Release Date: November 2018
Review Date: May 2022; May 2023



Target Audience

Emergency Department Physicians, Hospitalists, Internal Medicine Physicians and Family Medicine Physicians.

Learning Objectives

  • Implement the new evidence-based clinical pathway for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma created to standardize care throughout Baptist Health South Florida.
  • Utilize the current Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines for the management and treatment of COPD. 
  • Define COPD and asthma clinical goals and discuss the mechanisms in place to measure adherence to clinical pathways.
  • Recognize the value of multidisciplinary teams to facilitate transition from emergency department/observation to inpatient care/outpatient care. 
  • Educate patients and their families on community resources available to maximize accessibility for patient follow-up and to ensure compliance upon discharge.
Additional information
  • Qaseem, A., Wilt, T.J., Weinberger, S.E., Hanania, N.A., Criner, G., Molen, T., Marciniuk, D.D., Denberg, T., Schunemann, H., Wedzicha, W., MacDonald, R., Shekelle, P. (2011). Diagnosis and management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. American College of Physicians. 155(3), 179-191.
  • Global Initiative for Asthma. Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention, 2017. Available from: www.ginasthma.org
  • McCracken, Jennifer L., Veeranki, Sreenivas P., Ameredes, Bill T., et al; JAMA. 2017; 318(3):279-290. Doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.8372
  • Mitchell, J. (2015). Pathophysiology of COPD: Part I. Practice Nursing. 26(4), 172-178.
  • Mitchell, J. (2015). Pathophysiology of COPD: Part II. Practice Nursing. 26(9), 444-449.
  • Overington J, et al. J Thorac Dis. 2014 Nov; 6(11): 1586-1596
  • The COPD Foundation http://www.copdfoundation.org/

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Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Javier Perez-Fernandez, M.D.
Pulmonary Disease Specialist
Director of Pulmonary Services at West Kendall Baptist Hospital
Director of Critical Care Services at Baptist Hospital
Associate Clinical Professor at Florida International University
Miami, Florida

Seema Chandra, M.D.
Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Associate Medical Director for Academics,
Baptist Health Medical Group Hospital Medicine Program
Miami, Florida

Javier Perez Fernandez, M.D., has indicated that he has a speakers' role with Boehringer Ingelheim, Sunovion and Astra-Zeneca and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.  

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual has been mitigated.

Seema Chandra, M.D., faculty for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Mark Hauser, M.D., conference director for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship to disclose with ineligible companies.*

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.  

*Ineligible companies -- Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
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