Continuing Education

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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:

  • Asthma Management Course - 17.5 CEUs
  • COPD Management Course - 21.5 CEUs
  • Education for Chronic Disease Management Course - 27.5 CEUs

Resources: Download or order RESPTREC® resources:

  • Asthma Medications Brochure
  • COPD Medications Brochure
  • Delivery Device Instructions
  • Delivery Device Mastery Sheets
  • Inhaler Device Demonstration Videos

Webinars: Webinars on the most recent research, position papers, guidelines, topics are presented by leading experts in the field quarterly. 20-25 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!

Concordance among children, caregivers, and clinicians on barriers to controller medication use
Apr 23, 2018

There was significant disagreement among children, caregivers, and clinicians regarding barriers to daily use of asthma medications. To tailor asthma management conversations, clinicians should understand family-specific barriers and child–caregiver disagreements.

Increased Risk of Psychiatric Disorders in Allergic Diseases
Apr 23, 2018

Allergic diseases, such as bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, are associated with a 1.66-fold increased hazard of psychiatric disorders

Optimizing the Delivery of Inhaled Medication for Respiratory Patients: The Role of Valved Holding Chambers
Apr 23, 2018

Newer valved holding chambers with multiple advances (antistatic chamber and inhalation indicators) have been reported to improve asthma control, reduce the rate of exacerbations, and improve quality of life 

Once-Daily Single-Inhaler Triple versus Dual Therapy in Patients with COPD
Apr 20, 2018

Triple therapy with fluticasone furoate, umeclidinium, and vilanterol resulted in a lower rates of moderate or severe COPD exacerbations and hospitalization than fluticasone furoate–vilanterol or umeclidinium–vilanterol 

Lung function trajectories from pre-school age to adulthood and their associations with early life factors
Apr 17, 2018

Reduction of childhood smoke exposure and minimisation of the risk of early-life sensitisation and wheezing exacerbations might reduce the risk of diminished lung function in early adulthood

Avoid using medical marijuana to treat sleep apnea
Apr 17, 2018

It is the position of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that medical cannabis and/or its synthetic extracts should not be used for the treatment of OSA due to unreliable delivery methods and insufficient evidence of effectiveness, tolerability, and safety

COPD Now Kills More Women Than Men In U.S.A.
Apr 17, 2018

COPD, traditionally  man’s disease, now kills more women in the United States than men. Women account for 58 percent of the 14.7 million people in the U.S. living with the disease and 53 percent of those who die from it, according to the American Lung Association. 

Young and middle-aged adults with airflow limitation according to lower limit of normal but not fixed ratio have high morbidity and poor survival
Apr 09, 2018

Young and middle-aged adults with airflow limitation according to LLN but not fixed ratio (FEV1/FVC <0.7) experience increased respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity and early death.

The lower limit of normal versus a fixed ratio to assess airflow limitation: will the debate ever end?
Apr 09, 2018

Comprehensive, longitudinal, population-based data  provide strong support for not continuing to use a fixed FEV1/FVC of 0.70 to identify patients with airflow limitation, especially those younger than 50 years of age, who are most likely to benefit from early intervention.

Early Hospital Readmissions Following an Acute Exacerbation of COPD in the Nationwide Readmissions Database
Apr 08, 2018

Thirty-day readmissions after an AECOPD remain a major healthcare burden and are characterized by a similar spectrum of readmission diagnoses. Predictors associated with readmission include both patient and clinical factors. 

Health Services Burden of Undiagnosed and Overdiagnosed COPD
Apr 08, 2018

Undiagnosed and overdiagnosed COPD contribute to significant health care burden. Given that misdiagnosed COPD was fivefold more common than correctly diagnosed COPD, these findings point to a substantial misdiagnosis-associated burden of disease that might be prevented, at least in part, with a correct diagnosis

Features of COPD as Predictors of Lung Cancer
Apr 08, 2018

The degree of COPD severity, including airflow obstruction, visual emphysema, and respiratory exacerbations, was independently predictive of lung cancer. These risk factors should be further studied as inclusion and exclusion criteria for the survival benefit of lung cancer screening

The Relationship Between COPD and Frailty
Apr 08, 2018

Frailty and pre-frailty are common in individuals with COPD. Older subjects with COPD have a two-fold increased odds of frailty. These results may have clinical implications, as they identify the need to assess frailty in individuals with COPD and to further investigate any potential negative effects associated with the co-occurrence…

Tai Chi and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Compared for Treatment-Naive Patients With COPD
Apr 08, 2018

Tai Chi is equivalent to PR for improving SGRQ in COPD. Twelve weeks after exercise cessation, a clinically significant difference in SGRQ emerged favoring Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an appropriate substitute for PR.

Maternal Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Apr 08, 2018

Pregnancy is associated with trimester-specific physiologic changes that can affect sleep substantially. Some of these changes, including weight gain, fluid retention, and upper airway edema may predispose patients to an increased risk of developing maternal sleep-disordered breathing

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