COPD and triple therapy: When we should and shouldn’t use it – Your questions answered

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The questions answered in this podcast are listed below. They were compiled by GPs and health professionals around Australia.

  1. How do we go about dignosing COPD?
  2. Do GPs need to refer patients to a respiratory lab?
  3. How to assess patients and if there is an issue?
  4. Are questions that give GPs an idea of progression over time useful?
  5. Would you do bronchial challenge tests in COPD patients to further differentiate who should and shouldn’t get inhaled corticosteroids?
  6. Does vaping increase the risk for COPD?
  7. How do you manage patients with early airflow limitation and symptoms? But who don’t yet meet the criteria for COPD?
  8. Is the treatment of emphysema, the same as for chronic bronchitis?
  9. How can GPs suspect the patient actually has more of a chronic bronchitis issue then a COPD issue?
  10. Is there any role for imaging?
  11. With regard to thyroid function, what are you looking for?
  12. How can you define frequent exacerbations?
  13. What changes in management would you advise with the management of bronchiectasis in the setting of a patient with COPD?
  14. What are the adverse reactions to drugs – Seretide and a risk of pneumonia

Guest: A/Prof Natasha Smallwood, Respiratory Physician

Host: Dr David Lim, GP and Medical Educator

Total time: 41 mins

Last Updated: 10 Oct, 2023

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