October 27, 2015

Clinical Audit Tool on COPD Action Plans Earns Category 1 Points

A COPD Action plan guides patients in recognising when their symptoms change and what action they should take. Many people with COPD currently do not have a COPD Action Plan.

Self-management plans involving written action plans for exacerbation management, education and counselling COPD Clinical Auditstrategies which incorporate disease and symptom management, emotional support, problem solving and decision making have been shown to improve health outcomes.

By participating in this Clinical Audit ‘Develop and use COPD Action Plans for Managing Exacerbations of COPD’ GPs will be engaged in using evidence-based resources to develop COPD action plans for managing exacerbations of COPD.

This clinical audit involves two phases:

  • Retrospective – the review of 10 current patient records to explore the use of COPD Action Plans.
  • Prospective – working with the 10 patients to adopt an agreed COPD Action Plan.

Learning Outcomes include:

  1. Development of COPD Action Plans for patients diagnosed with COPD
  2. Implement COPD Action Plans with patient involvement
  3. Appropriately prescribe medicines for COPD, antibiotics and oral corticosteroids in accordance with the COPD-X Guidelines
  4. Decrease the dependence on antibiotics as a first line treatment for patients experiencing an exacerbation of COPD
  5. Use of reminder systems to facilitate planned reviews of patients with COPD


Click here for more information and registration form.


RACGP logoThis activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program Total 40 Category 1 points (Quality Improvement) 2014-2016 Triennium.

Activity Number: 31633.