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Quality of spirometry in primary care for case finding of airway obstruction in smokers.

Authors
  • Leuppi, J D
  • Miedinger, D
  • Chhajed, P N
  • Buess, C
  • Schafroth, S
  • Bucher, H C
  • Tamm, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
79
Issue
6
Pages
469–474
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000243162
PMID: 19786731
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Spirometries in general practice are of acceptable quality with reproducible spirometry in 60% of measurements. Airway obstruction was found in 27% of current smokers aged > or =40 years. Office spirometry provides a simple and quick means of detecting airflow limitation, allowing earlier diagnosis and intervention in many patients with early COPD.

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