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Guide to Quality Assured Spirometry now available

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Guide to Quality Assured Spirometry now available

The authorative step-by-step guide to Quality Assured Spirometry produced by the national Respiratory Programme is now available on the PCC website.

Spirometry is one of the most common diagnostic tests performed in primary care but its quality can be very variable. As a result spirometry results cannot be relied on in around a quarter of all patients on GP COPD registers.

This step-by-step guide shows clinicians how to ensure that diagnostic spirometry performed in primary care and other settings is quality assured and provides valid results for patients. It details how spirometry should be performed, the interpretation and reporting of results and methods for quality assurance. The guide also illustrates common technical errors and offers a Top Ten Tips for reporting spirometry results.

 > Download the Guide to Performing Quality Assured Spirometry

The guide can also be used by commissioners alongside the Commissioning Toolkit for Respiratory Services to specify spirometry service standards.