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Chronic conditions

Ensuring optimal care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

COPD is a chronic condition that can greatly impact a person's quality of life, and close monitoring and treatment is required to minimise the risk of exacerbations. This module outlines the optimal treatment of COPD patients in line with the latest clinical guidelines.

Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Heart Failure in General Practice

Heart failure is a significant health issue in Australia, with complex diagnostic and management methods that must be tailored to each patient. This ALM comprehensively covers the many stages of heart failure management including the identification of risk factors, diagnosis and investigations, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management, management of progression and comorbidities, the use of implantable devices and end-of-life care, and multidisciplinary care programs.

Heart Failure in General Practice: Aetiology and presentation

Heart failure is a significant health issue in Australia with a mortality rate comparable to the common forms of cancer, but early detection and management can significantly improve patient outcomes. This module outlines the signs and symptoms of heart failure, and the screening of individuals with increased risk factors.
This is one module in the Heart Failure in General Practice series.
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Heart Failure in General Practice: Investigation and diagnosis

Early investigation is critical to determining the cause of heart failure, its mechanism and any exacerbating factors, allowing for management to be optimised for each patient. This module explores the diagnostic investigations essential for heart failure including echocardiography, ECG, chest X-ray and blood tests, as well as guidance on interpreting results.

Heart Failure in General Practice: Non-pharmacological management

Non-pharmacological management is essential for the management of heart failure, and patient education is crucial for effective self-management. This module explores the many non-pharmacological management options for HF both in the general practice and patient self-care settings, highlighting the roles that multidisciplinary health professionals can take.

Heart Failure in General Practice: Progression, comorbidities and end-of-life care

The management of exacerbating factors and comorbidities to maintain quality of life is an important component of heart failure management. This module outlines ways to identify and control exacerbating factors and comorbidities that may affect HF, and explores the role of non-surgical devices and end-of-life care.