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Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline plc.

Asthma, COPD, and the Overlap Between the Two: Comprehensive Treatment Approaches to Improve Patient Care

Release Date: July 15, 2020
Expiration Date: July 15, 2021

Activity Overview

This online, on-demand virtual symposium brings together renowned experts to discuss asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), 2 common airway diseases that carry substantial burden and negative impact on patients’ quality of life. These 2 obstructive pulmonary diseases have pathophysiologic and epidemiologic differences. Although asthma is recognized as an allergic disease starting in childhood, COPD is typically caused by exposure to inhaled toxins. However, a subset of patients has features of both asthma and COPD, described as asthma-COPD overlap (ACO), and these individuals experience significantly worse respiratory symptoms, poorer quality of life, and increased risk of exacerbations and hospital admissions. Unfortunately, a lack of widely accepted classification criteria hampers the diagnosis of ACO, and these patients are excluded from clinical trials. In this Medical Crossfire®, expert faculty will share best clinical practices for diagnosis and management of ACO, as well as provide updates on current and emerging treatments for both asthma and COPD. Patient case presentations will facilitate application of discussions into practice. Throughout the program, there will be a focus on the patient’s perspective to individualize treatment and education for improved outcomes and quality of life.

This educational activity is an archive of a live virtual symposium held on June 29, 2020.

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline plc.

Instructions for This Activity and Receiving Credit

  1. Complete the activity (including pre- and post-activity assessments).
  2. Answer the evaluation questions.
  3. Request credit using the drop-down menu.

You may immediately download your certificate.

Target Audience

This educational program is directed toward all pulmonologists and allergists. Other healthcare professionals who treat patients with asthma are also invited to attend.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, you should be better prepared to:

  • Understand the pathophysiology of asthma and COPD in the context of the development of ACO
  • Discuss the diagnostic criteria that provide an accurate diagnosis of ACO in light of asthma and COPD
  • Evaluate evidence-based therapy for the management of ACO in contrast to the management of asthma and COPD
  • Assess the role of shared decision making in developing the needed skills for proper use of delivery devices and adherence to therapy

Faculty, Staff, and Planners’ Disclosures

In accordance with ACCME Guidelines, PER® has identified and resolved all COI for faculty, staff, and planners prior to the start of this activity by using a multistep process.


Barbara Yawn, MD
Barbara Yawn, MD
Adjunct Professor, Department of Family and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Chief Scientific Officer
COPD Foundation
Washington, DC

Disclosures: Grant Research Support: GlaxoSmithKline; Consultant: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Sunovion.

Jonathan Corren, MD
Jonathan Corren, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Disclosures: Grant Research Support: AstraZeneca, Genentech, Novartis, Regeneron, Sanofi; Consultant: AstraZeneca, Genentech, Novartis, Regeneron, Sanofi; Speakers Bureau: AstraZeneca, Genentech, Novartis, Regeneron, Sanofi.

Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS
Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS
Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Bruce Webster Professor of Internal Medicine
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, NY

Disclosures: Grant Research Support: AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim; Consultant: AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim, ProterixBio, Genentech, Novartis, Pearl, Theravance; Speakers Bureau: Boehringer Ingelheim, Miller, NACE, UpToDate, Novartis.

Sally K. Miller, PhD, APRN
Sally K. Miller, PhD, APRN
Clinical Professor
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
Philadelphia, PA

Disclosures: Sally K. Miller, PHD, APRN has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interest to disclose.

The staff Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC (PER®) have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Off-Label Disclosure and Disclaimer

This activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Learners are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this accredited activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent clinical judgment of a healthcare professional relative to diagnostic, treatment, or management options for a specific patient’s medical condition. The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of PER® or any company that provided commercial support for this activity.

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