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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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Occupational Exposures and Subclinical Interstitial Lung Disease
Oct 15, 2017

Occupational exposures to vapors, gas, dust, and fumes (VGDF) were associated with measurements of subclinical interstitial lung disease

Combined Impact of Smoking and Early-Life Exposures on Adult Lung Function Trajectories
Oct 15, 2017

Besides accelerating adult FEV1 decline, cigarette smoking also modifies how early-life exposures impact on both midlife FEV1 and FVC. These findings are consistent with smoking impairing pulmonary development during adolescence or early adulthood, thereby preventing catch-up from earlier acquired deficits

Effects of Omalizumab on Rhinovirus Infections, Illnesses, and Exacerbations of Asthma
Oct 15, 2017

In children with allergic asthma, treatment with omalizumab decreased the duration of rhinovirus infections, viral shedding, and the risk of rhinovirus illnesses. These findings provide direct evidence that blocking IgE decreases susceptibility to rhinovirus infections and illness.

Balance and Falls in Acute COPD Exacerbations
Oct 11, 2017

Patients with COPD exacerbations demonstrate balance impairments which are associated with increased dyspnoea and reduced muscle strength and may contribute to a high incidence of falls following hospitalisation.

Improved quality-of-life of caregivers of children with asthma through guideline-based management
Oct 10, 2017

Use of National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines significantly improved QOL of caregivers of children with asthma and in asthma-related symptoms. Improvements over time were independent of type of providers.

Improving childcare staff management of acute asthma exacerbation – An Australian pilot study
Oct 10, 2017

Skills assessment is a useful adjunct to knowledge assessment when gauging the ability of childcare staff to manage acute asthma exacerbation

Asthma associated with the use of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana
Oct 10, 2017

A review of the evidence was conducted regarding asthma associated with the use of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

Impact of a history of maternal depression and anxiety on asthma control during pregnancy
Oct 10, 2017

This study provides evidence that the presence of maternal depression/anxiety is associated with an increased likelihood and incidence of uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy. 

Evaluation of exhaled breath temperature as a marker and predictor of asthma exacerbation in children and adolescents
Oct 10, 2017

Study findingssuggest that exhaled breath temperature (EBT) may serve as marker and predictor of asthma exacerbation in children. EBT follow-up may be useful in asthma monitoring in children and adolescents

Multimorbidities of asthma, allergies, and airway illnesses in childhood
Oct 10, 2017

Study findings suggest that multimorbidities among childhood asthma, allergies, and respiratory illnesses are likely not random, but rather share etiology. Specific patterns of childhood asthma multimorbidities perhaps differ between boys and girls

Associations Of Atopy And Asthma During Aging Of An Adult Population Over A 20-year Follow-up
Oct 10, 2017

Atopy is associated with asthma, but cross-sectional studies suggest this association may be weaker in older adults. This study found that atopy remains strongly associated with current asthma in 40 to 64 year-old adults, both prospectively and contemporaneously, but the prospective association is stronger

Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks
Oct 10, 2017

Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research 

Asthma increases risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery
Oct 10, 2017

Women with asthma suffer more often from preeclampsia and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies. These and other complications during pregnancy and delivery can not be explained by hereditary or environmental factors

Prevention and Treatment of Smoking and Tobacco Use During Pregnancy in Selected Indigenous Communities
Oct 10, 2017

Tobacco smoking during pregnancy is the most important modifiable risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes and long-term health complications for mother and baby. Tobacco use during pregnancy has decreased in high-income countries but not in Indigenous women in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Canada.

The Role of Infection in Interstitial Lung Diseases
Oct 10, 2017

Infections have been theorized to play a role in ILDs, both in the pathogenesis of ILD and as potential triggers of AE. This review aims to summarize the current knowledge on the role of infections in the setting of ILD.

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