• Define COPD and patient populations for which COPD screening is appropriate
  • Recognize how to make a diagnosis of COPD in the office setting
  • Create a treatment plan for the long-term management and acute exacerbations for the patient with COPD
  • Counsel a patient on medications used in the treatment of COPD
  • Counsel patients on the role of smoking cessation in the treatment of COPD (see Smoking Cessation objectives)

Core Resources

COPD Clinical Card.pdf

Englert S, Elliott M, Keegan DA. COPD. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2015. Available at:

COPD One-Page Primer.DFCM Open

Tse B, D’Urzo T. COPD One-Page Primer.DFCM Open. 2014. Available at  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND


Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management, and precention: A guide for Health Care Professionals. 2020 Edition. Available at:

Respiratory Medications Reference

Ontario Lung Association in partnership with Primary Care Asthma Program (PCAP). Respiratory Medications Reference. February 2021. Electronic most-updated version can be accessed at:

Cough.  Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Core Curriculum Module

The Lung Association. Respiratory Medications. Medications Currently Available in Ontario. October 23, 2017. Electronic most-updated version can be accessed on:

Supplemental Resources

CTS position statement-Pharmacotherapy in patients with COPD-An Update

Bourbeau J, Bhutani M, Hernandez P, et al. CTS position statement: Pharmacotherapy in patients with COPD—An update. Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. 2017;1(4):222-241. doi: 10.1080/24745332.2017.1395588.

Correct Inhaler Usage Resources

CASCADES. Correct Inhaler Usage Resources. Found at: