CME/CE: COPD & Provider Accessibility

CME/CE: COPD & Provider Accessibility
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Janet B. Croft, PhD

Chief, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Division of Population Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Janet B. Croft, PhD, has indicated to Physician’s Weekly that she has no financial interests to disclose.

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Janet B. Croft, PhD (click to view)

Janet B. Croft, PhD

Chief, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Division of Population Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Janet B. Croft, PhD, has indicated to Physician’s Weekly that she has no financial interests to disclose.

Research from the CDC indicates that although the vast majority of patients with COPD reside within close proximity to a primary care physician, many lack such access to pulmonologists. Even in some urban areas, pulmonologists are outnumbered by COPD patients at a rate of 1,600:1.
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Readings & Resources (click to view)

Croft J, Lu H, Zhang X, Holt J. Geographic accessibility of pulmonologists for adults with COPD. Chest. 2016;150:544-553. Available at http://journal.chestnet.org/article/S0012-3692(16)49011-2/fulltext.

Holt J, Zhang X, Presley-Cantrell L, Croft J. Geographic disparities in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospitalization among Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. Int J COPD. 2011;61:321-328.

Heins-Nesvold J, Carlson A, King-Schultz L, Joslyn K. Patient identified needs for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease versus billed services for care received. Int J COPD. 2008;3:415-421.

Ford E, Croft J, Mannino D, Wheaton A, Zhang X, Giles W. COPD surveillance—United States, 1999-2011. Chest. 2013;144:284-305.

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