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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!

Does inhaled steroid therapy help emerging asthma in early childhood?
Aug 16, 2017

This study discusses the potential use of ICS therapy to alter the natural disease course in children at risk of persistent asthma and suggests children might benefit from daily or intermittent ICS therapy

COPD Today
Aug 16, 2017

The 2017 American Thoracic Society patient education resource on COPD is available for free download

Why Do I Smoke and Why Do I Keep Smoking?
Aug 16, 2017

A new American Thoracic Society patient educationj resource regarding smoking is available.

Update in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2016
Aug 16, 2017

This article provides an overview of research findings regarding the diagnosis, treatment and management of COPD in 2016

FULFIL Trial: Once-Daily Triple Therapy for Patients with COPD
Aug 16, 2017

Study results support the benefits of single-inhaler triple therapy compared with ICS/LABA therapy in patients with advanced COPD

Automated measure of nighttime oxygen levels could speed diagnosis of sleep apnea in children
Aug 11, 2017

omputer analysis of oxygen levels in the blood during sleep could provide an easy, relatively inexpensive and sufficiently reliable way to determine which children who snore habitually could benefit from a diagnosis and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea

Comparison of asthma treatment and outcomes in Australia and New Zealand
Aug 11, 2017

Although more costly medication was commonly used in Australia, similar treatment outcomes were observed in New Zealand where there was greater use of cheaper medication and better medication adherence

Epidemiology and impact of chronic bronchitis in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Aug 11, 2017

COPD subjects with chronic bronchitis have an increased risk of exacerbations and respiratory mortality compared to COPD subjects without chronic phlegm production

Effect of continuous positive airway pressure on blood pressure and metabolic profile in women with sleep apnoea
Aug 11, 2017

In women with moderate-to-severe OSA, 12 weeks of CPAP therapy improved blood pressure, especially diastolic blood pressure, but did not change the metabolic profile, compared with conservative treatment.

Restrictive Spirometry Pattern Is Associated With Increased Arterial Stiffness
Aug 11, 2017

Both restrictive spirometry pattern and reduced FVC were associated with a higher risk of arterial stiffness, not only in men but also in women. Clinically, assessment of arterial stiffness might be considered in individuals with restrictive spirometry pattern

Clinical Characteristics of Pertussis-Associated Cough in Adults and Children
Aug 11, 2017

In adult patients, the presence of whooping or posttussive vomiting should rule in a possible diagnosis of pertussis, whereas the lack of a paroxysmal cough or the presence of fever should rule it out. In children, posttussive vomiting is much less helpful as a clinical diagnostic test.

Decision-Making on Withholding or Withdrawing Life Support in the ICU
Aug 11, 2017

There is considerable worldwide variability in decisions to withhold/withdraw life-sustaining treatments. Interestingly, almost one-third of patients with a decision to withhold/withdraw life-sustaining treatment left the hospital alive.

Sleep Quality Tied to COPD Exacerbation Risk
Aug 11, 2017

Poor sleep quality was strongly associated with an increased risk for COPD exacerbations over 18 months of follow up in an analysis of data from a Canadian prospective cohort study

Determinants of annual change in physical activity in COPD
Aug 03, 2017

COPD patients have a substantial decrease of physical activity (PA) over time. This decrease seems to be determined by the degree of airflow limitation. However, patients with a greater annual decline in lung function did not show a greater decrease in PA.

The overlaps of asthma or COPD with OSA: A focused review
Aug 03, 2017

Some recent studies suggest that there is a reciprocal interaction, with chronic lung disease predisposing to OSA, and OSA worsening control and outcomes from chronic lung disease.

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