Jornal Médico – Preventive Strategies: GOLD 2022 guidelines in “Updating and Training in COPD”

Preventive Strategies: GOLD 2022 guidelines in “Updating and Training in COPD”

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) 2022 considers chronic lung disease (COPD) a “preventable and treatable condition caused by exposure to harmful particles or gases”. Guided by Paula Pinto, pulmonologist, health professionals will be equipped with tools for prevention strategies, both primary and secondary. This is the third module of Jornal Médico’s e-learning platform, which presents COPD risk and prevention factors. Watch the video module.

The data reveal that “tobacco is the main risk factor, accounting for 80-85% of COPD cases”. Other risk factors are also identified, such as “outdoor (atmospheric) pollution, indoor pollution (exposure to biomass, namely to fireplaces and wood stoves without extraction) and occupational exposure”, lists the specialist at the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Lisbon North.

Here, the promotion of smoking cessation takes precedence, as it is “the most effective strategy to slow down or stop the progression of the disease”, says Paula Pinto, who in this module will present a model of approach to smokers. Without forgetting, the factors for the development of COPD in non-smoking individuals.

Prevention also extends to vaccination. The module will review the recommendations of the General Directorate of Health and the identification of vaccines aimed at patients with COPD.

This training is aimed at health professionals in the areas: General and Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pulmonology, also covering intern doctors of the Common Year and other specialties with an interest in COPD. Access the contents by registering on the platform.

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An initiative of Jornal Médico, with the support of Bial and the scientific support of the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology.