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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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Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Asthma Interventions
Jun 22, 2017

Evidence-based interventions can be successfully adapted into primary care settings that serve impoverished, high-risk populations, reducing the morbidity of asthma in these high-need populations.


Adherence and healthcare utilization among older adults with COPD and depression
Jun 22, 2017

Clinicians can assist in the improved management of their multimorbid patients' health by treating depression among patients with COPD and monitoring and encouraging adherence to the regimens they prescribe.


Obstructive sleep apnoea and related comorbidities in incident idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Jun 17, 2017

Moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnoea is highly prevalent in incident idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis  and severe OSA is strongly associated with the presence of cardiovascular disease, particularly ischaemic heart disease


Update in Sleep-disordered Breathing
Jun 17, 2017

This review summarizes the key articles relevant to sleep-disordered breathing that have been published over the last year


Continuing professional development, training opportunities, and research participation of pulmonary rehabilitation programs in Canada: A rural versus urban comparison
Jun 11, 2017

Urban and rural programs had similar topics of interest for CPD but different preferred methods of delivery. The lack of training opportunities and exposure to research in rural programs should be addressed.


Trends in diagnosis and management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Canada
Jun 11, 2017

Practice patterns for diagnosis and treatment of IPF in Canada evolved in concordance with the publication of international guidelines in 2011. Access to palliative care, lung transplantation referral, multidisciplinary diagnosis discussion, and specialty IPF clinics were identified as gaps in IPF care in Canada.


Exercise prescription practices in pulmonary rehabilitation programs
Jun 11, 2017

Lack of maximal testing for both aerobic and strength training suggests that current exercise prescription practices in PR programs are unlikely to yield optimal individualized exercise programs. These results suggest more effective knowledge translation is needed to improve exercise interventions in PR.


BTS guideline for oxygen use in adults in healthcare and emergency settings
Jun 11, 2017

This guideline is an update of the 2008 British Thoracic Society guideline for oxygen use. The key aim of this guideline is to make oxygen use in emergency and healthcare settings safer, simpler and more effective. 


BTS guideline for oxygen use in adults in healthcare and emergency settings
Jun 11, 2017

This guideline is an update of the 2008 British Thoracic Society guideline for oxygen use. The key aim of this guideline is to make oxygen use in emergency and healthcare settings safer, simpler and more effective. 


A 7-year follow-up study of obstructive sleep apnoea in healthy elderly
Jun 11, 2017

In elderlies, the severity and prevalence of OSA decrease progressively with ageing without effect of factors commonly influencing OSA severity. This trend may support the hypothesis that in healthy elderly, OSA is a phenomenon related to ageing


Greater endurance capacity and improved dyspnoea with acute oxygen supplementation in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients without resting hypoxaemia
Jun 11, 2017

In patients with IPF, breathing oxygen at FiO2 of 0.5 at rest seems safe. During exercise, oxygen improves exercise tolerance, alleviates exercise-induced hypoxaemia and reduces dyspnoea.


Health-related quality of life in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Jun 11, 2017

Cough, dyspnoea and depression are major symptomatic determinants of health-related quality of life in IPF. FVC decline is associated with worsening health-related quality of life


Impact of exacerbations on adherence and outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with COPD
Jun 11, 2017

Mild-to-moderate acute exacerbations do not affect dropout or response of pulmonary rehabilitation, although severe AEs are associated with dropout. Acute exacerbations should not lead to discontinuation of pulmonary rehabilitation, as response is in general not affected


Severe asthma in children
Jun 11, 2017

Severe paediatric asthma is very different from severe asthma in adults, and approaches must not be uncritically extrapolated from adult disease to children


P4 medicine approach to obstructive sleep apnoea
Jun 11, 2017

A conceptual framework provides the basis for a P4 medicine approach to OSA: predict and prevent those at high risk for OSA and consequences, personalize the diagnosis and treatment of OSA and build in patient participation to manage OSA


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