Use of spirometry in the diagnosis of COPD: a qualitative study in primary care.

  title={Use of spirometry in the diagnosis of COPD: a qualitative study in primary care.},
  author={Min Jae Joo and Lisa K. Sharp and David H. Au and Todd A. Lee and Marian L. Fitzgibbon},
  volume={10 4},
Guidelines that recommend spirometry to confirm airflow obstruction among patients with suspected COPD are not routinely followed. We conducted a qualitative study to identify attitudes and barriers of primary care physicians to performing spirometry for patients with possible COPD. We conducted four focus groups, each with three primary care physicians (PCPs) who practice in an urban, academic medical center. In general, PCPs believed that spirometry was not necessary to confirm the diagnosis… CONTINUE READING
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