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Jan 2024

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious, life-long condition. With early diagnosis, lifestyle changes and proper management however, people can have a good quality of life. This tool is designed to support family physicians and primary care nurse practitioners in identifying and managing COPD in adult patients.

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About the tool

Divided into six sections, the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease tool can help guide discussions and decision-making between providers and their patients with COPD. This tool outlines steps and strategies for initial assessment and diagnosis, pharmacological and exacerbation management, patient self-management and education, advance care planning and the coordination of care.

The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease tool was developed using the Centre for Effective Practice’s (CEP’s) integrated knowledge translation approach. This approach ensures that providers are engaged throughout the development processes through the application of user-centered design methodology. Clinical leadership of the resource was provided by Dr. Anthony D’Urzo. End users and clinical experts were also engaged to provide feedback.

The tool is one of several clinical tools developed as part of the Knowledge Translation in Primary Care Initiative. Funded by the Ministry of Health, this initiative supports primary care providers with the development of a series of clinical tools and health information resources. Learn more about the Knowledge Translation in Primary Care Initiative (KTinPC).

Clinical leads

  • Anthony D’Urzo

    MD, MSC

    Dr. Anthony D'Urzo is an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto as well as a family doctor at a community-based practice. He obtained his medical degree at the U of T. Dr. D'Urzo has been Director of the Primary Care Lung Clinic and a volunteer with the Lung Health Foundation since 1992. 

    Dr. D'Urzo's research interests focus on the diagnosis and management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

    In his career, he has authored and co-authored over 18- publications. He enjoyed his role as the Associate Director, Health Science Research Component (2017-19), Foundations Curriculum, Temerty Faculty of Medicine (U of T). Currently, he is a UTOPIAN researcher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, U of T and a lead investigator in the UTOPIAN Primary Care Severe Asthma Registry and Education Project. He is also a member of the UTOPIAN Respiratory Health Working Group. Most of his spare time is spent with his family and grandchildren. 

    Dr. D’Urzo provided clinical leadership for the development of the tool and academic detailing topic and was offered compensation for his role. 

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