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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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Association of Inhaled Corticosteroids and Long-Acting Muscarinic Antagonists With Asthma Control in Patients With Uncontrolled, Persistent Asthma
Mar 19, 2018

A study found that in participants 12 years or older with uncontrolled, persistent asthma, LAMA vs placebo as an add-on therapy to inhaled corticosteroids was associated with a lower risk of exacerbations requiring systemic corticosteroids 

Association of Inhaled Corticosteroids and Long-Acting β-Agonists as Controller and Quick Relief Therapy With Exacerbations and Symptom Control in Persistent Asthma
Mar 19, 2018

Inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β-agonists used together as both the controller and the quick relief therapy  was associated with a significantly lower risk of asthma exacerbations compared with a higher dose of inhaled corticosteroids and LABA as controller therapy in patients with persistent asthma

Exercise Improves Physical Activity and Comorbidities in Obese Adults with Asthma
Mar 19, 2018

Study results strongly suggest that exercise training plus a weight loss program improves daily life physical activity, sleep efficiency and depression and asthma symptoms in obese adults with asthma.

COPD: time to improve its taxonomy?
Mar 15, 2018

COPD is an umbrella term that describes a clinical syndrome that includes several COPDs  which, importantly, may eventually benefit from different preventive and therapeutic strategies

Continuing education in respiratory medicine
Mar 15, 2018

The March issue of Breathe from ERS is dedicated to continuing education in respiratory medicine including a review focusing on the education of patients about their condition. This issue is completely open access.

Spirometrically Confirmed COPD Worsens Long-Term Prognosis after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Mar 15, 2018

Following percutaneous coronary intervention, mortality in COPD patients was 11.4 times higher than in patients without COPD. Spirometry is recommended in all patients with ischemic heart disease, many of whom have undiagnosed COPD

Long-Term Coarse Particulate Matter Exposure Is Associated with Asthma among Children
Mar 15, 2018

Among children enrolled in Medicaid, exposure to higher average coarse PM levels is associated with increased asthma prevalence and morbidity. These results suggest the need for direct monitoring of coarse PM and reconsideration of limits on long-term average coarse PM pollution levels.

Use of Asthma APGAR Tools in Primary Care Practices
Mar 14, 2018

Introduction of the Asthma APGAR (Activities, Persistent, triGGers, Asthma medications, Response to therapy) tools improves rates of asthma control; reduces asthma-related ED, urgent care, and hospital visits; and increases practices’ adherence to asthma management guidelines

Beyond BMI: Obesity and Lung Disease
Mar 08, 2018

This review article examines the relationship between obesity and lung disease, highlighting some of the major findings that have advanced our understanding of the mechanisms contributing to this relationship. Changes in pulmonary function related to fat mass are important, but obesity is much more than simply a state of mass…

Survival of Lung Transplant Candidates With COPD
Mar 08, 2018

Extrapolation of prognosis based on the BODE score overestimates mortality risk in lung transplantation candidates with COPD. This is likely due to a lower prevalence of comorbid conditions attributable to the lung transplantation evaluation screening process.

Unsuspected Emphysema in Nonsmoking Patients With Asthma
Mar 08, 2018

As documented now in five cases, unsuspected microscopic mild centrilobular emphysema is the sentinel cause of loss of lung elastic recoil. This contributes significantly to expiratory airflow obstruction in never-smoking patients with asthma, with normal diffusing capacity and near-normal lung CT scan results.

Reduced Risk of Acute Exacerbation of COPD After Bariatric Surgery
Mar 08, 2018

The risk of an ED visit or hospitalization for AECOPD substantially decreased after bariatric surgery in patients who are obese. This observation suggests the effectiveness of substantial weight reduction on COPD morbidity.

Predictors of accelerated decline in lung function in adult-onset asthma
Mar 08, 2018

A study concluded that adults with new-onset asthma with both high levels of exhaled nitric oxide and low BMI are at risk of accelerated decline in lung function.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in COPD: a cluster randomised controlled trial
Mar 08, 2018

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy showed a statistically significant and durable effect on psychological distress, indicating that MBCT may be an efficacious add-on to standard PR programmes in COPD.

Does physical fitness enhance lung function in children and young adults?
Mar 08, 2018

Aerobic fitness is positively associated with lung volumes. Improving fitness during childhood and adolescence is associated with greater adult lung volumes, but not with airway calibre.

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