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Five year lung plan calls for wider use of spirometry

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 05 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5148
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Spirometry should be used much more by general practices to improve the diagnosis of lung disease, says a five year plan for lung health in England.1

The Taskforce for Lung Health recommends changes in the whole patient pathway, including lung health MOTs for high risk groups, time targets to improve early diagnosis, and public awareness campaigns about the symptoms of lung disease.

The taskforce is independent of government. Its membership includes 29 organisations representing healthcare professionals, patients, professional associations, and respiratory charities. An industry forum provides evidence for the taskforce, and eight companies provide financial backing.

A spirometry test usually takes under 10 minutes and can be used to help diagnose lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). …

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