Spirometry—it’s meaningless if incorrect!

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With 15 years of expertise in spirometry, Chris Loveridge answers your questions about spirometry and emphasises the need to take a clinical history.

The subject of spirometry is a huge topic, despite the test itself being relatively simple to undertake. It is meaningless if it is done incorrectly and unfortunately, the resulting misdiagnosis is a cause for concern.

Misdiagnosis of respiratory conditions must be addressed, and a step in the right direction is good quality training and education around diagnostic spirometry. The questions for this Ask the expert article are examples of common scenarios encountered in general practice, and demonstrate the need for support and training for those diagnosing people with respiratory diseases.

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