Telespirometry aids COPD diagnosis
Telespirometry performed in a GP surgery can aid the diagnosis of COPD, according to Italian researchers.
Some 638 GPs were trained to perform telespirometry and give results over the telephone to a pulmonary specialist, who interpreted them in real time.
Among 9,312 patients with COPD recruited to the study, GPs performed exams correctly in 7,262, or 78%, of all patients. A quarter of exams in asymptomatic patients and 38% in symptomatic patients were abnormal.
Respiratory Medicine 2009;103:866-72