Up to 90% of patients using an inhaler device don’t use it correctly and won’t be getting the best possible benefit from their medicine.
The current educational program from NPS MedicineWise aims to improve the quality of life of Australians with COPD through:
- more accurate diagnosis and assessment of severity,
- promoting an understanding of the range of inhaled treatment options for patients with COPD, and their place in therapy, based on the Stepwise Management of Stable COPD chart from Lung Foundation Australia
- providing resources that can assist primary care practitioners educate patients on inhaler technique and adherence.
As part of this program NPS MedicineWise have developed a free online case study tailored for different health professionals. This activity for pharmacists is accredited for up to 2 Group 2 CPD credits.
Case study – COPD: navigating inhaled medicines management
Yvonne is a 66-year-old retiree with moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), who has recently been discharged from hospital following her second exacerbation in a year. She explains that she has been experiencing headache and palpitations.
How can you encourage Yvonne to get the best out of her inhaled medicines? What other interventions could you recommend to support Yvonne? How would you assist in managing Yvonne’s symptoms?
Complete this interactive case study with questions on a clinical scenario and receive instant feedback on your responses. Compare your approach with your peers and read expert commentary provided by Dr Nick Zwar, Professor of General Practice, and member of the COPD Guidelines Committee.
NPS MedicineWise recommend that pharmacists ensure they meet the Board’s CPD standard by selecting appropriate CPD activities to address the competencies which are relevant to their scope of practice as identified in their CPD plan.