The expand Podcast:
Season 3: COPD

Welcome to Season 3 of The Expand Podcast, where we dive deep into the world of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Join us as leading experts unravel the complexities of COPD, providing practical insights and empowering discussions for healthcare professionals.

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Inside Season 3

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It’s the third leading cause of death in Canada, and sends more people to the hospital than anything else, except for COVID-19 and pregnancy.

Here’s a glimpse at what you will find inside Season 3, dedicated to exploring the future of COPD treatment:

Episode 1 | COPD: The ignored epidemic (Henry Roberts)

In episode 1 we met with Dr. Henry Roberts from COPD Canada to talk about COPD, how it affects people, and the work of COPD Canada to give patients a stronger voice.

You’ll learn about:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on COPD patients
  • The role and objectives of COPD Canada
  • The importance of spirometry testing in diagnosing COPD
  • The potential future risks of COPD from new exposures like marijuana and e-cigarettes

Episode 2 | COPD: The ignored killer

In episode 2 we met with Dr. Mohit Bhutani from the University of Alberta to talk about the world of COPD treatment and how it is evolving to provide better outcomes for patients.

You’ll learn about:

  • The severity of COPD as a leading cause of hospitalizations and its potential for treatment improvement.
  • The significance of integrating both non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments in managing COPD effectively.
  • How standardized treatment protocols have the potential to reduce mortality rates and change the landscape of COPD care.

Episode 3 | Living Longer With COPD (The Full Perspective)

In our latest episode, we had the privilege of hosting Dr. François Maltais. We’ll explore how pulmonary rehabilitation, technology, and early diagnosis are transforming the landscape of COPD treatment.
You’ll learn about:
  • The effectiveness and accessibility of pulmonary rehabilitation
  • The role of technology in democratizing pulmonary rehabilitation
  • The importance of early diagnosis of COPD
  • The role and benefits of multidisciplinary teams in patient care
  • The need for support from the health system to implement pulmonary rehabilitation on a larger scale
This episode is available in French (english subtitles available).

Episode 4 | COPD of all severities

In episode 4, we’ll dive into the shifting landscape of COPD studies. From addressing sex disparities in COPD research to the vital role of organizations like GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease).

You’ll learn about:

  • The evolving landscape of COPD research and treatment
  • The importance of early diagnosis and intervention in COPD
  • The impact of various risk factors beyond smoking on COPD development
  • The role of cohort studies in advancing understanding of COPD

Episode 5 | COPD Chronicles: Tracing the journey

Episode 5 centers the discussion around the state of COPD care, research, and awareness, as well as the role of the COPD Foundation in driving change in the delivery of care.

You’ll learn about:

  • The importance of patient-focused care and advocacy
  • The role of the COPD Foundation in driving change in care delivery
  • The future of COPD care and research
  • The discussion on COPD and its impact on patients

Episode 6 | Living Longer with COPD (Beyond Living Better)

In episode 6, we met with Marie-France Beauchesne to discuss how the practice of pharmacy is shifting towards a better balance between medicine distribution and clinical care.

You’ll learn about:

  • The role of pharmacists in managing chronic respiratory diseasesç
  • The evolution of this role and its potential future to participate more actively in patient care
  • Challenges faced by pharmacists in managing these diseases
  • The importance of patient education and adherence to medication
This episode is available in French (english subtitles available).

Episode 7 | Breathing Easy: Navigating COPD With Effective Techniques

In episode 7, we met with Isabelle LeClerc to explore COPD and bronchiectasis, management, and the importance of self-management and education for patients.

We emphasized on the need for more awareness and resources for patients and healthcare professionals regarding bronchiectasis.

You’ll learn about:

  • The importance of understanding bronchiectasis and its symptoms.
  • The importance of patient education and self-management.
  • The role of airway clearance techniques in managing bronchiectasis.
  • The use of devices such as the Aerobika in aiding patients with airway clearance.
  • The need for a bronchiectasis registry in Canada and more resources for patients and healthcare professionals.

Episodes 1-6 have been sponsored by a medical education grant from AstraZeneca, GSK and Roche Canada.

Episode 7 has been sponsored by a medical education grant from Trudell Medical International.

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About The eXpand Podcast

The eXpand Podcast was created by Respiplus, a non-profit organization.

We develop educational programs to help those with chronic lung conditions to better understand and manage their disease.

Our programs are evidence-based and have been demonstrated to improve people’s lives in multiple clinical trials, resulting in better quality of life, reduced hospital admissions and emergency room visits.


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