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CHEST’s resources on chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) help guide clinicians in providing the highest-quality care for patients with this condition. Access original research from the journal CHEST®, webinars, CHEST Physician® articles, CHEST SEEK™ Education, and educational courses and events.

CHEST Journal Highlights

Interrelationships Among Small Airways Dysfunction, Neutrophilic Inflammation, and Exacerbation Frequency in COPD

By: Kerry Day, PhD; Kristoffer Ostridge, PhD; Joy Conway, PhD; et al
April 2021 Issue
In this article, the authors found that measures of small airways dysfunction were associated strongly with neutrophilic inflammation in the small airways of patients with frequent COPD exacerbations.

Read the related editorial: The “Silent Zone” Screams Again: Identifying COPD Patients Most at Risk »


Projecting Long-term Health and Economic Burden of COPD in the United States

By: Zafar Zafari, PhD; Shukai Li, BSc; Michelle N. Eakin, PhD; Martine Bellanger, PhD; and Robert M. Reed, MD
April 2021 Issue
COPD is a leading cause of mortality in the US, with a substantial societal health and economic burden. The goal of this study was to model the 20-year health and economic burden of COPD in the United States.


Prevalence and Disparities in Influenza Vaccination Among Patients With COPD in the United States

By: Gul Jana Saeed, MD; Javier Valero-Elizondo, MD, MPH; Reed Mszar, MPH; et al
April 2021 Issue
Influenza-related infections are among the main causes of COPD exacerbations, hospitalizations, and mortality, all of which have been proven to be diminished with influenza vaccination. This research letter aimed to measure influenza vaccination uptake in adults with COPD in the United States and explore potential sociodemographic disparities in access to influenza vaccination.


VISUAL ABSTRACT

Medication Discontinuation in Adults With COPD Discharged From the Hospital

What is the risk of unintentional medication discontinuation following hospital discharge in older adults with COPD?

STUDY DESIGN

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  • Retrospective population-based cohort study included adults with COPD aged ≥66 years who had filled prescriptions for a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) or long-acting beta-agonist and inhaled corticosteroid (LABA-ICS) continuously for 1 year or more

RESULTS

  • More than 27,613 hospitalization discharges, and medications were discontinued 1,466 times
  • Among 78,953 patients with COPD, those hospitalized had a higher risk of having medications being discontinued than those who remained in the community
  RATES OF DISCONTINUATION
  LAMA LABA-ICS
Hospitalized 5.2% 5.5%
Non-Hospitalized 3.3% 3.1%
Adjusted Risk Ratios 1.50 (1.34, 1.67) 1.62 (1.39, 1.90)

In a study of highly adherent patients with COPD, hospitalization was associated with an increased risk of long-acting inhaler discontinuation.

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Read the related article: Medication Discontinuation in Adults With COPD Discharged From the Hospital: A Population-Based Cohort Study »

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COPDetective

Are you ready to solve a mystery? Become a detective of pulmonology while analyzing physician and patient dialogue and identifying the best disease management for patients with COPD. Learn about the underrecognized and underreported symptoms, the link between lung function and exacerbation, the ideal pharmacological and nonpharmacological choices, and treatment for comorbid conditions.

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COPD Detective

Patient Information

The CHEST Foundation’s COPD patient education resources empower patients to engage in better management of their health.

Living Well with COPD

Living Well With COPD
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COPD Infographic

COPD Infographic
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COPD Myths Busted

COPD Myths Busted
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CHEST Clinical Perspectives

SPONSORED CONTENT

State of Practice: Using a Treatable Traits Approach to Predicting the Incidence and Severity of COPD Exacerbation

This exclusive report presents findings on which traits community-based pulmonologists use to predict the risk and severity of COPD exacerbations, particularly in patients who have never had any exacerbations.

A non-promotional, non-CME educational program brought to you by CHEST, in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.

Guidelines

Get evidence-based information for enhancing patient care with this guideline from CHEST and the Canadian Thoracic Society.

Prevention of Acute Exacerbations of COPD »

e-Learning Courses

Stay on the cutting edge of patient care and earn CME credit with COPD learning opportunities available exclusively through CHEST.

ACCREDITED CONTENT

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Spotlight

Learn about clinical uncertainties in treatment of COPD, new technologies for treatment, emerging care modalities, and the impact of gender, age, and obesity on obstructive lung disease, including COPD.
CME/MOC Available: 8.0 CME credits/MOC points

ACCREDITED CONTENT

Pulmonary Update and Literature Review

Leading experts review the published literature and provide updates on treatment options in eight important pulmonary topics, including COPD.
CME/MOC Available: 8.0 CME credits/MOC points

ACCREDITED CONTENT

COPD Virtual Patient Tour

Explore a patient case and apply your COPD knowledge to choose diagnostic and treatment strategies.
CME/MOC Available: 1.0 CME credit/MOC point

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CHEST SEEK™ Education

Written and peer reviewed by renowned experts in the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine fields, the online CHEST SEEK Library and print publications include case-based questions and detailed rationales to stimulate and challenge your clinical thought processes; help you prepare for certification or recertification exams; and allow you to obtain CME credit, MOC points, and CE hours.

Take the CHEST SEEK Challenge and answer a sample question.

A patient is discharged from the hospital after management of an acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD). In this setting, which risk factors are most predictive of this patient being readmitted to hospital?

A. Increasing age and male sex
B. Depression and prior hospitalization for AECOPD in the last year
C. Current smoking and comorbid conditions such as chronic heart failure
D. Anxiety and hyponatremia during hospitalization

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Nebulization in the COVID-19 Era

New CHEST clinician resources can help you visualize the viral transmission of respiratory pathogens and understand the reality behind common myths regarding whether nebulizers are a source of infection among bedside health care workers.

Watch a video review of the literature regarding COVID-19 and nebulizer therapy.

COPD News From CHEST Physician®

Home noninvasive ventilation in hypercapnic COPD: Progress but important unanswered questions

There appears to be a growing interest in patients with hypercapnic COPD, driven by a focus on reducing COPD hospitalizations, increasing recognition of sleep-disordered breathing, and making progress in potential therapeutic strategies.

Clinically important deterioration predicts poor future outcomes in COPD

Patients with COPD may benefit from stepped-up treatment of short-term disease progression with triple therapy to stave off longer-term exacerbations and all-cause mortality.

List of COVID-19 high-risk comorbidities expanded

The list of medical comorbidities associated with high risk for severe COVID-19 now includes moderate to severe asthma, diabetes, and substance use disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cannabinoids may pose death risk for older patients with COPD

Older adults with COPD who began using synthetic cannabinoids showed a 64% increase in all-cause mortality, compared with nonusers, findings from a large study have shown.

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COPD Webinar

SPONSORED CONTENT

State of Practice: Community-Based Pulmonologists and COPD Exacerbation

Drs. Hassan Bencheqroun, Brian Carlin, Chitra Lal, and Deborah Jo Levine join moderator Mark Rudzinski to discuss research on how community-based pulmonologists evaluate pulmonary, extrapulmonary, and behavioral traits in patients with COPD, as well as how they determine which traits are considered most predictive of a COPD exacerbation.

A non-promotional, non-CME educational program brought to you by CHEST, in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.

ACCREDITED CONTENT

COPD Sessions at CHEST 2020

Couldn't attend CHEST Annual Meeting 2020? We have the next best thing! Gain access to all of the recorded sessions from our meeting with this unique collection that includes hours’ worth of the latest presentations from some of the top clinicians and researchers in chest medicine, including:

  • Obstructive Lung Diseases in Women – Is There a Difference?
  • Noninvasive Ventilation in Ambulatory COPD
  • Phenotyping and Management of COPD
  • New Insights Into COPD and Its Complications

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CHEST Annual Meeting - COPD

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