Een jaar transmurale spirometrie

Translated title of the contribution: A year of transmural spirometry

J. D. Beugelaar, P. J.E. Bindels*, H. C.P.M. Van Weert, W. Schuurman, T. Haitjema

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Goal: Evaluation of an 'open access' spirometry facility in a general hospital, with particular emphasis on whether the guidelines of the Dutch College of General Practitioners are being followed. Methods: Retrospective design. All 410 requests for spirometry by general practitioners between September 1998 - October 1999 were evaluated. An analysis was made of indications for the test, results, assessment of the results by a lung specialist and management strategy. Results: In the first year the open access facility was used by half the GPs in the region. A broader spectrum of medical grounds for spirometry was used than could be expected according to the guidelines. In half the patients a predominantly obstructive lung function was found. The assessment of the test result by the lung specialist is not always in line with the official GP guidelines, as was the case with the management plan after spirometry. Conclusion: Open access spirometry is a useful diagnostic tool for the general practitioner although improvement of the medical grounds for spirometry is needed, as is adherence to national guidelines.

Translated title of the contributionA year of transmural spirometry
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalHuisarts en Wetenschap
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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