Volume 1, Issue 8

COPD in Primary Care: Clinical Directions

In this issue:

Spirometry, FEV1, the FEV1/FVC ratio, the GOLD guidelines — in this case-based podcast, Dr. Emily Brigham from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine explains how these elements work together to provide primary care practitioners the information they need to diagnose, manage, and (when necessary) refer their patients with COPD to a pulmonary specialist.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the importance and the limitations of spirometry in diagnosing COPD.
  • Explain when specialist referral from primary care is appropriate and how to counsel patients regarding advanced therapeutic options. 



Emily Brigham, MD, MHS
Emily Brigham, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Baltimore, Maryland

Program Directors:

Joyce King, MD

Assistant Professor
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Director, Inpatient Medicine
Family Medicine Residency Program
Medstar Franklin Square Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Glenn Treisman, MD, PhD

Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine
Director, AIDS Psychiatry Services
Co-Director, Chronic Pain Treatment Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Length of activity:

0.5 hour Physicians
0.5 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: November 30, 2019
Expiration date: November 29, 2021