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ATS 2010 report

OVERVIEW

This year’s American Thoracic Society International Conference, ATS 2010, was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, from 14 to 19 May. The event attracted thousands

of delegates from all over the world, including respiratory specialists, primary care physicians, other healthcare professionals and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry. The extensive programme was varied and covered the most up-to-date information on treatment options for a range of respiratory diseases. In this ATS 2010 report, we focus on highlights from oral sessions and posters on treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

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Background: The role of certified respiratory educators (CREs) is to educate, assess, and help to manage patients with asthma and COPD in Canada. This study was undertaken to see whether CREs could assist pulmonologists (MDs) in managing patients with chronic cough.

Conclusions: CREs can help to safely, economically, and effectively manage properly screened patients with chronic cough. The use of CREs may shorten wait times for specialist consultation for these patients.

Read Full article in Chest

Related cited article:

Improving Access to Specialty Care for Chronic Cough

Excellent presentation by Dr. Jean Bourbeau and Dr. Stephen Field. A pdf will follow soon regarding the topic of  “How to triage chronic cough patients for Certified Respiratory Educator management” and Dr. Bourbeau’s talk on underestimating COPD diagnosis and how we can improve outcome.

GSK supported the talk along with Lung.bc.ca. Thanks again to Kelly!

Great workshops re nutrition in copd and palliative care modality using hydromorph and not benzo’s.

Thanks to Mike for his great talk on RCH and COPD.

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