The COPD educational visits attracted over 8000 GPs who were satisfied with the quality of the activity they participated in and believed it to be entirely relevant to their practice.
The Clinical Services Specialists, who delivered the program to GPs, were praised for their knowledge of the topic and their communication skills.
Overall, GP participation led to significant improvements in knowledge and practice in key areas of COPD management.
In particular, the educational visits effectively delivered key messages on correctly diagnosing and managing COPD using a stepwise approach and using spirometry.
The visits also successfully increased use of Lung Foundation Australia’s stepwise management chart.
The survey findings will inform future programs to better serve the needs of GPs.