585 Spirometry In Primary Care. A Basic Tool

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Nuria Sanchez Ruano- EAP Casanova. CAPSE. Barcelona. Spain
Elisenda Sant - EAP Casanova. CAPSE. Barcelona. Spain
Amparo Hervas - EAP Rossello. CAPSE. Barcelona. Spain
Mª Angels Moreno - EAP Casanova. CAPSE. Barcelona. Spain
Marta Navarro - EAP Rossello. CAPSE. Barcelona. Spain
Patricia Miro - EAP Casanova. CAPSE. Barcelona. Spain
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There is a low use of the spirometry in the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma in most primary care centres (PCC), although is an essential tool in the evaluation and follow-up of patients with these chronic respiratory pathologies. Objective: Evaluate the use of the spirometer in our PCC. Methods: retrospective descriptive study evaluating the spirometric practice in 2 urban centres of PC around 69.000 inhabitants. Subjects: Patients with a spirometric test practised before (July 2001-May 2004) or after (May 2004-December 2006) the spirometric establishment in the PCC. Methods: Variables: sex, age, spirometry values as FEV1(L,%), FVC(L,%) and FEV1/FVC%, new diagnosis or follow-up of asthma or (COPD), classification, education of inhalers and thorax X-ray.
RESULTS: Since the application of the spirometry in our PCC there was an increase of its use from 280 (129 COPD; 33 asthma; 118 normal) to 519 patients (t-student, pCONCLUSIONS
There is an increase of the use of spirometry from its introduction in our PCC, which entails new diagnoses of asthma and COPD.
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SPIROMETRY IN PRIMARY CARE. A BASIC TOOL