Asthma and COPD are among the most common chronic diseases in Canada. People who are diagnosed with asthma or COPD are usually prescribed inhalers but rarely recommended pulmonary function testing to confirm the diagnosis.
Choosing Wisely’s Let’s Clear the Air campaign aims to encourage thoughtful conversations between clinicians and patients with a diagnosis of asthma or COPD. The goal of the campaign is to avoid unnecessary treatment and misdiagnosis that can occur without a proper breathing test. To help get these conversations started, the Lung Health Foundation is hosting continuing medical education sessions to explore the why and the how of spirometry testing for the diagnosis of asthma and COPD in primary care.
Presenter: Dr. Christopher Davis completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Toronto in 2013. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 2016, and his fellowship in Respirology at Queens University in 2018. He is now appointed as an adjunct professor with the Queen's School of Medicine and has hospital privileges at Kingston Health Sciences Center. He is also a managing partner at Kingston Respiratory Services, Kingston’s only community Respirology clinic and PFT testing lab.
Moderator: Dr. Rashaad Hansia has over 20 years of experience as a physician. His interest in patient-centered health system improvement from early on in his career led him to complete Masters Degrees in Public Health and Business Administration. Since 2014, Rashaad served as a family physician and Medical Director at the Meadow Primary Health Care Centre and as a physician partner in a dyad leadership role with the Executive Director of Primary Health Care at Saskatchewan Health Authority (Regina). He is a Canadian Certified Physician Executive with a special interest in developing safe, high quality and high-value health services.