Is spirometry properly used to diagnose COPD? results from the BOLD study in salzburg, austria: A population-based analytical study

Bernd Lamprecht, Andrea Mahringer, Joan B. Soriano, Bernhard Kaiser, A (Sonia) Buist, Michael Studnicka

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Background: Current guidelines recommend spirometry to confirm a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Aims: To investigate whether a self-reported diagnosis of COPD is associated with prior spirometry and whether a correct diagnosis of COPD is more likely when spirometry was performed. Methods: We used data from the population-based Austrian Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study. Participants were aged >40 years and completed post-bronchodilator spirometry. Reported COPD diagnosis and reported prior lung function test were based on questionnaire. Persistent airflow limitation was defined as post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in one second/forced vital capacity ratio

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalPrimary Care Respiratory Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


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