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Digital Seminar

GOLD Guidelines: Formulate Effective Evidence-Based and Patient-Centered Treatment Regimens for COPD

Kimmy Nguyen, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, TTS
2 Hours 04 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 22, 2024
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a common, heterogenous lung condition characterized by chronic respiratory symptoms. Treatment often involves the use of one or more bronchodilators and inhaler devices. This comprehensive program will discuss diagnostic parameters, the initial treatment approach, and follow-up recommendations for ongoing management. An in-depth update of available medication classes and inhaler device types will also be provided to assist prescribers in confidently creating optimal evidence-based and patient-centered regimens.


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Nurses - Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This self-study program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Physicians - Physicians

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 03/22/2024. It was last reviewed on 01/17/2024 and is valid until 01/17/2027.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

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AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 03/22/2024. It was last reviewed on 01/17/2024 and is valid until 01/17/2027


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Kimmy Nguyen, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, TTS's Profile

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Kimmy Nguyen, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, TTS, is a board-certified ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialist and assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Dr. Nguyen earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA before pursuing a PGY2 in ambulatory care pharmacy at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Wappingers Falls, NY.

Upon completion of residency, Dr. Nguyen accepted a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. She also serves as the clinical pharmacy specialist at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), a free, non-profit clinic that provides primary and preventative care to underserved populations and hosts pharmacy students for their experiential rotations. They work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care and address issues with medication counseling, education, treatment, access and affordability.

Dr. Nguyen’s distinguished record of accomplishment includes recognition as the 2020 Outstanding Healthcare Provider at VIM and the 2021 Distinguished Young Pharmacist through the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, and she has been named Overall Teacher of the Year in 2023.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kimmy Nguyen has an employment relationship with Wilkes University and Volunteers in Medicine. She is a clinical advisor with Pyrls. Kimmy Nguyen receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kimmy Nguyen is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.


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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Determine COPD Grade and Group according to the COPD GOLD Guidelines.
  2. Identify therapeutic interventions recommended by the COPD GOLD Guidelines.
  3. Compare and contrast drug classes used in COPD.
  4. Recognize factors to consider when selecting inhaler devices and strategies to improve adherence to medication regimens.
  5. Formulate effective evidence-based and patient-centered treatment regimens for COPD at initial evaluation and follow-up.


Diagnosis parameters
  • Symptoms, risk factors, and spirometry
COPD Grade and Group
  • Factors to assess after diagnosis: Severity of airflow limitation (GOLD Grade), symptoms (CAT score, mMRC), exacerbation history, multimorbidity
  • ABE Assessment Tool used to determine COPD Group
COPD Recommendations
  • Goals of therapy
  • Non-pharmacologic interventions
  • Medication classes: SABA, LABA, SAMA, LAMA, ICS + PDE4-I, macrolide antibiotics, OCS, and methylxanthines
  • Main types of inhaler devices (MDI, DPI, SMI)
Selecting Initial Treatment
  • Apply drug information to the ABE Assessment Tool for initial COPD evaluation
  • Practice the concepts with a knowledge check question
Adjusting Treatment
  • Approach to follow-up appointments using the 1) dyspnea and 2) exacerbation pathway in the GOLD Guidelines
  • Practice the concepts with a knowledge check question
Inhaled Delivery Considerations
  • Factors that affect choice of inhaler
  • Factors that affect adherence rates
  • Strategies to improve appropriate inhaler technique and adherence rates


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