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Current clinical guideline definitions of airflow obstruction and COPD overdiagnosis in primary care

Schermer, Tjard R. J; Smeele, Ivo J; Thoonen, Bart P; Lucas, A. E. M; Grootens-Stekelenburg, Joke G; van Boxem, Ton; Heijdra, Yvonne; van Weel, Chris


The aim of the present study was to establish the agreement between two recommended definitions of airflow obstruction in symptomatic adults referred for spirometry by their general practitioner, and investigate how rates of airflow obstruction change when pre-bronchodilator instead of post-bronchodilator spirometry is performed. The diagnostic spirometric results of 14,056 adults with respiratory obstruction were analysed. Differences in interpretation between a fixed 0.70 forced expiratory...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: European Respiratory Journal
DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00170307


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