Physician Dispensing: Optimizing Patient Use of Inhalers and Other Respiratory Devices

Physician Dispensing: Optimizing Patient Use of Inhalers and Other Respiratory Devices

This module was Board-approved and DHMH Secretary-approved to meet the CME requirements for dispensing permits.

At the time of dispensing, health professionals are exposed to patients who are struggling with uncontrolled asthma or poorly controlled COPD. Caregivers are also seeking better ways to management this chronic condition. The online module entitled Optimizing Patient Use of Inhalers and Other Respiratory Devices will equip learners with a practical understanding of devices to deliver drug to the lungs. Video demonstrations help learners become familiar with how to identify poor inhaler technique and how to coach patients to improve their use of respiratory delivery devices. Visual displays of numerous devices add to the learner's understanding of the mechanisms and patient use of each type of device.

The original course content was sponsored in part by an educational grant from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Prevention and Health Promotions Administration: Environmental Health Bureau.

CE: 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, 2.0 ACPE Contact Hours
Universal Activity Number (UAN):  0025-0000-21-052-H01-P
Launch Date: 05/20/2021
Expiration Date: 05/20/2024
Course Number: CN#MD005-V2
Target Audience: Physicians, Pharmacists, Dentists

Other modules in this series include:

Learning Objectives

At the end of this application-based activity, the physician prescriber will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between different devices used to deliver inhaled medications to patients with obstructive lung disease;
  2. Given a device, list the steps required for device priming, proper use and care; and
  3. Demonstrate the ability to counsel patients and caregivers in proper device use.

Your Instructors

Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, FNAP
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Dr. Morgan has indicated no conflicts or relationships to disclose
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Amy Kruger Howard, PharmD
Pediatrics Postdoc, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Dr. Howard has indicated no conflicts or relationships to disclose.  

Technology Requirements

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Successful Completion requires the learner to complete all practice based activity components including the audiovisual presentations, post-test, and activity evaluation. Participants must receive a score of at least 70% on the post-test in order to receive credit. The post-test may be taken up to three (3) times. Learners must complete the activity evaluation in order to receive CE credit.  A link to the activity evaluation will be available once a learner has successfully completed all other course segments.

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Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statements:
Physician Dispensing: Optimizing Patient Use of Inhalers and other Respiratory Devices
MedChi designates this online educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: In accordance with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Policy on Conflicts of Interest, faculty certify that they had no potential conflicts of interest while developing the materials for this program.

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