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COPD Knowledge Centre Launched on EPG Website for Doctors

A new COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) knowledge centre has been launched by EPG Health Media.

PRLog - Dec. 2, 2011 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS, U.K. -- This knowledge centre was developed in collaboration with Novartis Pharma AG and designed to provide respiratory specialists, general practitioners and other healthcare professionals with current and accurate information on all aspects of treating patients with COPD. Healthcare professionals are invited to access the resource for free at EPG Online (www.epgonline.org/respiratory).

COPD is a progressive disease resulting in decreased lung function, which is a growing cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has been estimated by The WHO Global Burden of Disease project that COPD was the fourth leading cause of death in 2004 and predicts that by 2030 it will be the third1. It is thought however, that the current prevalence is an underestimate, due to a lack of awareness among primary care physicians.

The COPD Knowledge Centre aims to inform and educate health care professionals on all aspects of COPD. It details the disease epidemiology and pathophysiology as well as risk factors, symptoms and disease staging. The diagnosis of COPD is discussed, including specific tests and parameters, and the current treatment regimens are outlined.

“We recognise that today’s healthcare professionals are challenged in keeping up-to-date with best practice for this common, chronic, yet life threatening disease” said Chris Cooper EPG Health Media. “By working with partners in healthcare, such as Novartis, we support our doctors in making more informed clinical decisions that result in best possible patient outcomes.”

The COPD knowledge centre is the most recent addition to the website (www.epgonline.org). The site spans 50 disease topic home pages which contain a database of prescription drugs in 9 European languages (searchable by name and indication), clinical trial reports and treatment guidelines, multi-media, social media, apps, eCME news, a conference calendar and other educational content. This forms a convenient and comprehensive resource for today’s busy healthcare professionals.

EPG Online is a medical education website dedicated to providing healthcare professionals with free global access to the most recent best practice, diagnosis and management guidance. Established in 2000, EPG Online has over 320,000 opted in members and contains more than 110,000 pages of clinical content. The website is operated by EPG Health Media, a UK based digital health publisher.  

1.   WHO The global burden of disease: 2004 update. Part 2 – Causes of death. Available at: http://www.who.int/healthinfo/global_burden_disease/GBD_r... (Accessed 09 May 2011).

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Tunbridge Wells
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