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Most practices would use open access spirometry in hospitals

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7152.209 (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:209
  1. L J Dowson, Specialist registrar,
  2. A Yeung, Nurse specialist.,
  3. M B Allen, Consultant.
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, City General Hospital, North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 6QG

    EDITOR–Abbasi highlights the importance of spirometry in the assessment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.1Guidelines published recently by the British Thoracic Society encourage the wider provision of this service by general practitioners.2We have recently performed an audit that identified issues that need to be considered if these proposals are to be implemented.

    We surveyed general practices in North Staffordshire that serve a total population of 500 000 in order to define the provision of spirometry before …

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