Spirometry is the recommended lung function test for the diagnosis and monitoring of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This short clip shows how to perform spirometry with a patient in primary care.
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All health professionals conducting spirometry should be appropriately trained. The National Asthma Council Australia offers free spirometry training workshops for GPs and practice nurses across Australia.
This clip provides a brief overview of correct technique for performing spirometry in primary care. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to performing and interpreting spirometry.
For more detailed information see our comprehensive section on Spirometry.
This resource was developed in consultation with Ms Judi Wicking, asthma and respiratory educator, who appears in the film clip. Thanks also to Ms Joan Raven for participating in the clip.
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Novartis Australia.
The National Asthma Council Australia retained editorial control.
Although all care has been taken, this video is a general guide only, which is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including for negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained herein.