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Do you look after people with COPD? Would you like to learn more about managing this condition?

COPDexchange™ ( is a free, peer-led educational resource designed to meet the needs of busy primary care professionals. COPDexchange provides concise, guideline-based online modules that can be easily applied to a patient consultation, ensuring that diagnosis and management are consistent with current guidance, including the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) and the recently updated National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.1,2
"It can be a challenge keeping up to date with the latest developments around the management of chronic conditions, especially COPD. COPDexchange is an easily accessible, evidence-based resource, developed for primary care practitioners. It provides succinct information to facilitate the provision of appropriate management and care for COPD patients, from diagnosis through to the terminal phase."
Sam Prigmore, Respiratory Nurse Consultant, St George's Healthcare Trust, London, and member of the COPDexchange Editorial Panel

All COPDexchange materials are developed in conjunction with an independent editorial panel consisting of five expert GPs and nurses, to ensure their accuracy and relevance to primary care.

COPDexchange learning modules - perfect for reading in a 10-minute break!
Developed exclusively for COPDexchange, these concise, interlinking learning modules interpret guidelines and help you relate them to your clinical practice. Treatment and management guidelines are distilled into simple, easy-to-understand fact sheets, with helpful diagrams and case studies. The modules can be used to build up a library of practice-based learning that supports your Professional Development Plan.

There are four types of COPDexchange learning modules providing information on the causes and risk factors for COPD, screening and diagnosis, and patient management:
Ten Minute Tutorials: Two-page summaries covering key topics in COPD management - suitable for people with a limited knowledge of the topics.
Refresh My Memory: One-page revision sheets summarising the Ten Minute Tutorials, which can be used to reinforce learning, revise a topic or as a quick reference guide for those already familiar with the topic.
On Reflection: One-page case-based learning aid that presents real-life case studies designed to facilitate reflective learning.
Practical Pointers: Two-page resource providing practical information for healthcare professionals working directly with COPD patients.

Register for free on to:

  • Access a library of peer-reviewed COPD learning modules.
  • Register for the COPDexchange Roadshow - a series of free, one-day nurse-led workshops.
  • Order free COPD resources for your practice.
  • Plus ... a "one-stop shop" of the most relevant resources selected by the COPDexchange Editorial Panel, including:
    - Events calendar.
    - Links to useful websites.
    - Comprehensive reading list.

1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Global Strategy for Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD (updated 2009). Gig Harbor, WA, USA: 2009. Available from:
2. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults in primary and secondary care. London: NICE; 2010. Available from:

The COPDexchange medical education initiative was developed and funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd and Pfizer Ltd. COPDexchange is peer reviewed and the editorial panel have retained final editorial control of the content. The opinions expressed in COPDexchange are not necessarily those of Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd and Pfizer Ltd.

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