You are leaving Medscape Education
Cancel Continue
Log in to save activities Your saved activities will show here so that you can easily access them whenever you're ready. Log in here CME & Education Log in to keep track of your credits.

Clinical Advances in

Chronic Respiratory Diseases: COPD and Asthma

Chronic respiratory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, remain poorly controlled in many patients, resulting in persistent symptoms and frequent complications. Despite available guidelines for both COPD and asthma, diagnostic confusion between the 2 diseases can often appear and it may be difficult to determine the underlying disease state in an adult patient with airway obstruction. This page is designed to provide healthcare providers with the most recent data and best practices on recognizing, diagnosing, and appropriately managing COPD and asthma.

Supported by an independent educational grant from


CME Activities


See All


See All

Polling Question

You must log in to answer this question
What do you use spirometry for in your patients with COPD?
For diagnosis
For assessment of prognosis
For follow-up assessment
To guide therapeutic decisions
I never use it

Related Resources

Downloadable Slide Kit

Clinical Advances in Chronic Respiratory Diseases: COPD and Asthma

Get updates on the management of patients with chronic respiratory disease: COPD and asthma with this downloadable slide set


Clinical Articles

Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease 2017 Report: GOLD Executive Summary  

A New Approach for Identifying Patients with Undiagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease  

Management of the Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS): a Review of the Evidence  

International ERS/ATS Guidelines on Definition, Evaluation and Treatment of Severe Asthma  

Related Links

See All

Steering Committee

Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS

Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS

Steering Committee Chair

Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York

Bartolome R. Celli, MD

Bartolome R. Celli, MD

Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

Nicola A. Hanania, MD,M

Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Asthma Clinical Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Monica Kraft, MD

Monica Kraft, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr, MD

Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr, MD

Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Vice Chancellor, Clinical & Translational Science; Director, Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine & Science, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc

Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; Director, Asthma Program National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado