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Educational Efforts Reduce COPD Costs by $3.4 Million in East Texas Study
Date:3/3/2011

and population saw reductions, but the counties targeted by the study saw a 49 percent  greater reduction, saving the health care system more than $3.4 million.  

"Pfizer is proud to be a pioneer in supporting innovative medical education programs that really make an impact in local communities. The University of North Texas COPD education program is a good example of the positive impact providing the right information, at the right time and in the right way can have on improving patient care," said Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., chief medical officer for Pfizer.

"This demonstrates that a combined effort of CME in a targeted area can have a significant impact on specific health problems," said Bruce Dubin, D.O., the activity's co-chair and dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Rocky Vista University.

"These data clearly show that outcomes in health with regard to COPD and smoking cessation can be improved when designed and delivered in an understandable fashion combined with the accessibility of experts to answer questions," said Richard Winn, M.D., professor of Medicine and Microbiology at Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock and the program's co-chair. "That's an opportunity physicians in rural Texas communities don't usually get in their own backyard."  

"When CME is planned and implemented properly and it's done the way we all know it is supposed to be done, it can contribute to healthier communities," Crim said.

University of North Texas Health Science Center

The University of North Texas Health Science Center comprises the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the School of Health Professions. Key research areas include aging and Alzheimer's disease, DNA research, and primary care.  This year, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was named a top 50 medical school in
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