COPD Podcast: Episode Three: Intensifying Treatment for Poorly Controlled COPD

Dr. Craig Riley and Dr. Nicholas DeGregorio host part three, the final episode of a podcast series discussing current practice standards for diagnosing, treating, and managing COPD.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess changes in treatment for patients with exacerbations or sub-optimally controlled symptoms despite initial maintenance therapy
  • Identify patients who may benefit from subspecialty pulmonary referral


Dr. DeGregorio has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. Riley has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Resarch Support: NIH/NHLBI T32 grant funding
  • Other: UPMC and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (employment), UPMC Health Plan (consultant)

All presenters' disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Release Date: 4/22/2020 | Last Modified On: 4/22/2020 | Expires: 4/22/2021