The literature shows that delayed or erroneous diagnosis of respiratory conditions may be common in primary care due to underuse of spirometry or poor spirometric technique. The Community Respiratory Assessment Unit (CRAU) was established to optimise diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease by providing focused history-taking, quality-assured spirometry, and evidence-based guideline-derived management advice. This study aimed to review the service provided by the CRAU to primary care health professionals. Data from 1,156 consecutive GP referrals over 4 years were analysed.
- respiratory disease