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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.

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The Economic Burden of Asthma in the United States, 2008 - 2013
Jan 15, 2018

During 2008-2013, asthma was responsible for $3 billion in losses from missed work and school days, $29 billion from asthma-related mortality, and $50.3 billion in medical costs. All combined, the total cost of asthma in the U.S. based on the pooled sample amounted to $81.9 billion in 2013.

Nutrition and Exercise Rehabilitation in Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
Jan 13, 2018

In patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome, a 3-month comprehensive rehabilitation programme, in addition to NIV, resulted in improved weight loss, exercise capacity and QOL at the end of the rehabilitation period, but these effects were not demonstrated at 12 months, in part, due to the limited retention of patients at 12…

Prevalence of asthma-like symptoms with ageing
Jan 13, 2018

European adults born between 1946 and 1970 have, over the last 20 years, experienced less wheeze, although they were more likely to report asthma attacks, use of asthma medication and hay fever. Decrease in wheeze is largely attributable to smoking cessation, rather than improved treatment of asthma. It may also be influenced by…

Comparison of a structured home-based rehabilitation programme with conventional supervised pulmonary rehabilitation
Jan 13, 2018

he standardised home-based programme provides benefits in dyspnoea. Further evidence is needed to definitively determine if the health benefits of the standardised home-based programme are non-inferior or equivalent to supervised centre-based rehabilitation.

Fetal and Infant Growth Patterns and Risk of Lower Lung Function and Asthma
Jan 13, 2018

Both restricted fetal weight growth, partly depending on infant weight growth, and accelerated fetal and infant weight growth predispose children to lower lung function and a potential risk for respiratory diseases later in life.

Lung Cancer Screening and Smoking Cessation Clinical Trials
Jan 13, 2018

There is a gap in knowledge about how best to design systems to extend reach and treatments to maximize smoking cessation in the context of lung cancer screening. This paper describes methodological issues related to the design of lung cancer screening clinical trials

Classification of Cough as a Symptom in Adults and Management Algorithms
Jan 13, 2018

Although the quality of evidence was low, the published literature since 2006 suggests that CHEST's 2006 Cough Guidelines and management algorithms for acute, subacute, and chronic cough in adults appeared useful in diagnosing and treating patients with cough around the globe. These same algorithms have been updated to reflect the advances…

Utilizing Respiratory Therapists to Reduce Costs of Care
Jan 13, 2018

Evidence demonstrated that care provided by RTs yielded both direct and indirect cost reductions, which were achieved through protocol utilization, specialized expertise, and autonomous decision making. The care provided was consistent with care provided by other disciplines.

Modified Medical Research Council Dyspnea Scale in GOLD Classification Better Reflects Physical Activities of Daily Living
Jan 13, 2018

The modified Medical Research Council dyspnea scale should be adopted as the classification criterion for symptom assessment in the GOLD ABCD system when focusing on physical activities of daily living.

Predicting 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Risk for Subjects Admitted With Pneumonia at the Point of Care
Jan 13, 2018

The proposed risk prediction model performed better than the CMS model. Accurate readmission risk prediction at the point of discharge is feasible and can potentially be used to focus post-acute care interventions in a high-risk group of patients.

Noninvasive Ventilation in Obese Subjects After Acute Respiratory Failure
Jan 13, 2018

Subjects with the most severe obesity or who experienced the most difficult initial ventilation were more likely to receive long-term NIV after initial management of acute respiratory failure in the ICU. In those subjects, long-term NIV at home was effective and well tolerated.

Perceived Satisfaction With Long-Term Oxygen Delivery Devices in COPD
Jan 13, 2018

For individuals with COPD requiring long-term oxygen therapy, perceived satisfaction with a portable LTOT device significantly and positively affects perceived mobility and quality of life.

Budesonide/formoterol maintenance and reliever therapy in adolescent patients with asthma
Jan 13, 2018

This analysis supports the use of budesonide/formoterol maintenance and reliever therapy in adolescents with persistent asthma, its efficacy and safety being consistent with that reported for adults.

A randomised clinical trial of feedback on inhaler adherence and technique in patients with severe uncontrolled asthma
Jan 13, 2018

Repeated feedback significantly improved inhaler adherence. After a programme of adherence and inhaler technique assessment, only 40 patients (27%) were refractory and adherent, and might therefore need add-on therapy.

COMET: a multicomponent home-based disease-management programme versus routine care in severe COPD
Jan 13, 2018

The COMET disease management intervention did not significantly reduce unplanned all-cause hospitalisation days, but reduced acute care hospitalisation days and mortality in severe COPD patients.

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