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CCCEP: The Education, COPD and Asthma courses have been accredited by Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy. Pharmacists have been involved in development of the curricula and review of the content.

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy has confirmed accreditation as follows:

  • Education for Chronic Disease Management Course - 27.50 CEUs
  • COPD Management Course - 21.50 CEUs
  • Asthma Management Course - 17.50 CEUs

Resources: Download or order RESPTREC resources:

  • Asthma Medications Brochure
  • COPD Medications Brochure
  • Delivery Device Instructions
  • Delivery Device Mastery Sheets

Webinars: Webinars on the most recent research, position papers, guidelines, topics are presented by leading experts in the field quarterly. 15 sites across western Canada participate. For those graduates who are unable to join a live session can access the presentations on-line, following the Webinar. Questions are posted following viewing of the presentation and a continuing education certificate can be printed for your records.

Current News

For your convenience RESPTREC provides links to research articles, announcements, studies and other news updates which are posted daily onto the website. Reading these articles can be used towards recertification and continuing education.

Watch for upcoming opportunities!

Impact of Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment on Quality of Life
Nov 17, 2017

A study found consistent improvement in global and sleep-specific QoL measures after PAP therapy, hence providing evidence of PAP benefit in the clinical population and rationale for targeted efforts to optimize QoL in younger and lower SES subgroups

Treating Bronchiectasis - patient education resource
Nov 17, 2017

The American Thoracic Society has developed a two-page patient education resource on treating bronchiectasis

Association Between Inhaled Corticosteroid Use and Bone Fracture in Children With Asthma
Nov 16, 2017

In this population-based nested case-control study, no significant associations between current, recent, or past use of inhaled corticosteroids and first fracture after asthma diagnosis were observed in children with asthma, controlling for age, sex, age at asthma diagnosis, sociodemographic factors, and systemic corticosteroid use

Burden of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Hospitalizations in Canada
Nov 15, 2017

Results indicate a high burden associated with the hospitalization of an infant due to RSV disease in terms of resource use, time, productivity, costs, and stress, even among a population of infants not considered to be at risk for the condition

Canadian study finds asthma and food allergies predictable at age 1
Nov 15, 2017

Children at one year old who have eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) and are sensitized to an allergen are seven times more likely than other infants to develop asthma, and significantly more likely to have a food allergy by age three

Guiding principles for use of newer biologics and bronchial thermoplasty for patients with severe asthma
Nov 15, 2017

To optimize therapy and improve outcomes such as daily symptoms, quality of life, exacerbations, and hospitalizations, a clear picture of a patient's asthma phenotype is needed to guide therapy. Determining asthma phenotypes is the foundation of precision medicine for this persistent, often difficult-to-treat disease

Breastfed babies may be less likely to have eczema as teenagers
Nov 15, 2017

A study found that babies whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively for a sustained period from birth have a 54% lower risk of eczema at the age of 16

Breastfeeding may not protect children against asthma and allergies
Nov 15, 2017

Studies on breastfeeding have shown inconsistent results. Many studies have found breastfeeding to have a protective effect against asthma and allergy, while other studies have reported increased risk

Process used to select lung transplant patients may need to be changed
Nov 15, 2017

 New research suggests that the system for choosing transplant recipients with COPD may underestimate how long a person might survive without a lung transplant and therefore, may mislead clinicians.

Treatment evaluation using lung sound analysis in asthmatic children
Nov 09, 2017

Lung sound analysis  is useful in assessing the effects of ICS treatment, predicting attack symptoms and identifying asymptomatic asthmatic children at a high risk for asthma attack.

Changes in Asthma Control and Perception of Health Care through Asthma Education
Nov 09, 2017

A comprehensive self-management asthma education programme in Switzerland improved asthma control and patients' perception of received asthma care and of self-management support. Professionals should motivate patients to attend asthma education in order to become active partners in managing their disease.

Long-Term Safety of Pirfenidone in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Nov 09, 2017

Long-term follow-up and safety data for pirfenidone  were consistent with the known profile, with no new safety signals observed

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Diabetes
Nov 09, 2017

This review explores the role of OSA in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes, glucose metabolism dysregulation, and the impact of OSA treatment on glucose metabolism. The association between OSA and diabetic complications as well as gestational diabetes is also reviewed.

Occupational Exposure to Vapor-Gas, Dust, and Fumes is high in rural vs urban workers
Nov 06, 2017

Rural workers, including those who had never farmed, were more likely to experience occupational vapor-gas, dust, and fumes  exposure than urban workers, putting them at a higher risk for COPD

Handgrip Strength in COPD. Associations with Acute Exacerbations and Body Composition
Nov 03, 2017

In ever-smokers with COPD, handgrip strength (HGS) is associated with computed tomography markers of body composition and airway thickness, independent of body mass index and emphysema. Higher HGS is associated with lower exacerbation frequency.

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