The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2011 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Scott Cerreta; American Lung Association in Arizona, Tucson, AZ

The COPD Specialist Course was introduced in 2007 as a result of the Arizona Comprehensive Lung Disease Control Plan. The course provides a comprehensive overview of COPD including practical information that providers can use in their work with patients who have, or who are at risk of developing COPD. This course is knowledge based. The objectives of this evaluation are to assess baseline, post-course, and 3-month post-course knowledge of COPD and whether or not this course leads to system changes that permit organizations to screen and treat patients for COPD more effectively. A total of 183 health care professionals (HCPs) completed the full day COPD Specialist Course. The majority of HCPs included respiratory therapists (97), nurses (42), and practitioners (12). Consistent with last year's report the overall percent in knowledge based on 5 repeatable questions and confidence scores on 5-point Likert scale for the 2010 report were very low on pre-test (28% / 2.65), produced highest scores on post-test (4.28 / 76%), and 3-month follow-up tests revealed scores in the middle (3.78 / 54%). This data suggest that continuing COPD education amongst all healthcare professionals remains critical. Course participants are taking personal action to educate and assist their patients with COPD. This year more organizations report systematic changes with COPD education and awareness compared to last year. Sponsored Research - None