The asthma guidelines recommend that asthma control criteria should be assessed at each visit. Measurement of pulmonary function, preferably by spirometry, should be done regularly in adults and children 6 years of age and older. According to A National Report Card published on COPD in Canada, 76% of Ontario physicians have access to spirometry and only 45% use it as a diagnostic tool.

With increasing need for more accurate diagnosis of both asthma and COPD, The Provider Education Program has developed a program on Spirometry to provide health care professionals with the appropriate tools and necessary practice utilizing case study format in order to correctly differentiate between obstructive and restrictive conditions.

By the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Clarify and state the role of spirometry as an objective measurement of lung disease.
  • List the terms and measurements of lung values in order to apply this to spirometry interpretation.
  • Identify the criteria for best test acceptability/repeatability.
  • Correctly interpret 20 spirometry case studies.

This is a two and half hour program comprised of two presentations: one on “Spirometry Ins & Out’s”, which includes a demonstration on how to do spirometry, and one on “Spirometry Interpretation” delivered by specialists. Participants will have the benefit of gaining knowledge and practice from a specialist in the field with the opportunity to actively work through interpreting case test results.

This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been approved for 4 MAINPRO+ credits.