Why is spirometry underused in the diagnosis of the breathless patient: a qualitative study

Nicola J. Roberts, Susan F. Smith, Martyn R. Partridge

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study indicates use of spirometry is essential for the accurate diagnosis of respiratory disease but it is underused in both primary and specialist care. In the current study, we have explored the reasons for this underuse. Five separate focus groups were undertaken with final year medical undergraduates, junior hospital doctors, general practitioners (GPs) and specialist trainees in respiratory medicine. The participants were not told prior to the session that we were specifically interested in their views about spirometry but discussion was
    moderated to elicit their approaches to the diagnosis of a breathless patient, their use of investigations and their learning preferences.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBMC Pulmonary Medicine
    Volume11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • spirometry
    • breathless patient
    • respiratory medicine
    • diagnosis

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