Spirometry in primary care for case finding and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Parkes, Gary; Plüddemann, Annette; Heneghan, Carl; Price, Christopher P.; Wolstenholme, Jane; Thompson, Matthew
November 2011
British Journal of General Practice;Nov2011, Vol. 61 Issue 592, p698
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study on the use of pulse oximetry in primary care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) diagnosis or to help decision making during exacerbation. It characterizes COPD as a progressive, largely irreversible, obstruction to airflow whose severity is classified on the basis of spirometry results compared to reference tables. It suggests the use of spirometry in adults with risk factors suggestive of lung disease and during National Health Service health checks.


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