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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

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