Expanding Treatment Options: The Latest Developments in COPD - Episode 19
The MD Magazine Peer Exchange “Expanding Treatment Options: The Latest Developments in COPD Therapy” features a panel of physician experts discussing key topics in COPD therapy, including risk factors, personalized treatment, preventive measures, new combination therapies, and more.
This Peer Exchange is moderated by Peter Salgo, MD, professor of medicine and anesthesiology at Columbia University and an associate director of surgical intensive care at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
The panelists are:
Treating COPD is partially up to the patient; committing to a lifestyle change can really improve outcomes. It can be challenging for physicians to elicit a commitment from patients to quit smoking, follow through with pulmonary rehabilitation, or use their oxygen when needed, said Thomashow.
Most of the currently available medications have been shown to decrease hospitalization rates, but Thomashow stressed the importance of evaluating hospital readmission rates, which have become a critical issue due to penalties given to hospitals for these kinds of outcomes. Most readmissions are due to patients’ comorbid conditions, not to the COPD itself, due to innumerable variables.