Brian Carlin (Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants LLC, and Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates, Pittsburgh, PA, US), a valued member of our Editorial Board, talks to us about the challenge of early detection of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the primary care setting and the benefits of office spirometry.
Questions1. What are the major challenges in the detection of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the primary care setting? (0:10)
2. What are the advantages of spirometry compared with other methods in the diagnosis of COPD in primary care? (0:42)
3. What are the limitations of spirometry use in this setting? (1:35)
4. How have spirometers and their use evolved in recent years? (2:16)
5. How can we optimize the use of office spirometry in the primary care setting? (3:02)
ReferenceRuppel GL, Carlin BW, Hart M, Doherty DE. Office Spirometry in Primary Care for the Diagnosis and Management of COPD: National Lung Health Education Program Update. Respir Care. 2018;63:242–52.
Speaker disclosure: Brian Carlin is on the executive committee for the National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP), a non-profit organisation.
Filmed at the CHEST Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, US, October 2018.