TITLE

The error of not measuring asthma

AUTHOR(S)
Stanbrook, Matthew B.; Kaplan, Alan
PUB. DATE
November 2008
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/18/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 11, p1099
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The article offers views on the misdiagnosis of asthma. The author acknowledges that there are hindrances to the utilization of pulmonary function testing. He stresses that all patients with suspected asthma must have the diagnosis confirmed by spirometry. He adds that all physicians who treat asthma must regularly refer patients to a pulmonary function laboratory, have personnel do spirometry, and or do spirometry themselves.
ACCESSION #
35166437

 

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