Supporting the National Clinical Strategy for COPD and revised NICE COPD guidelines: a new spirometry eLearning course from Education for Health
3 August 2010Warwick, United Kingdom. (3rd August 2010). Leading education and research Education for Health has launched a new interactive eLearning resource on spirometry as part of its eLearning vision. The new National Clinical Strategy for COPD and revised NICE guidelines on COPD highlight the importance of high quality spirometry in primary care and the new Diploma and Degree level courses aim to meet this need.
In recent years, the accuracy of spirometry readings and interpretation in primary care has come under criticism. The two online courses have been designed by clinicians to incorporate all the latest improvements in technology and clinical guidance to improve the quality of spirometry at all levels.
The online course design provides an impressive virtual learning environment packed with the latest eLearning features. Students can log in to a personalised learning environment which is enhanced by audio, animation and specially commissioned video of real-life spirometry taking place in primary care. Both courses are also supported by high quality interactive study days, one of which incorporates practical accessment.
Chris Loveridge, Clinical Lead for COPD at Education for Health commented, “Spirometry is a technical diagnostic test and requires thorough training and ongoing support. Inadequate training could result in a misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. This situation needs to change urgently to meet the requirements of the National Clinical Strategy and the new NICE guidelines. Well trained health care professionals will use spirometry to confirm a diagnosis of respiratory disease (supported by clinical history) in order to give patients the right support and treatment. They will also potentially use it to screen for the ‘missing millions’ who have undiagnosed COPD. It is therefore of utmost importance that this testing is undertaken by competent trained practitioners.”
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