Stepwise Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


More than 1 in 20 Australians aged 55 and over have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The progressive illness can interrupt daily activity, sleep patterns and the ability to exercise if not managed appropriately, and is a leading cause of death in Australia.

General Practitioners (GPs) are often the first point of contact for people who develop COPD and may present at different stages of their disease process.

By completing this clinical audit, GPs will be able to:

  • Identify patients with COPD who remain symptomatic despite maintenance monotherapy
  • Assess impact of disease and current treatment of each patient with COPD
  • Use valid and appropriate COPD assessment tools to determine impact of progressive COPD on patient QoL
  • Assess patient attitudes and understanding of COPD, including adherence to medication
  • Implement a step-wise treatment management plan for patients on maintenance monotherapy for COPD who require improved control of breathlessness, functional capacity, and exacerbation frequency

On successful completion, GPs will be eligible for 40 Category 1 points from the RACGP. This audit qualifies as a Quality Improvement activity.

Click here to start the audit.