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Virtual school on Clinical interpretation of spirometry results

Organisers : F. Burgos Rincon; J. Makonga-Braaksma
Faculty : A. McGowan, J. Lloyd, M. Vukoja, V. Moore, L. Zurba, A. Drews, E. Arismendi Nunez, J. Kivastik, J. Mortensen, B. Cooper

Through lectures, this online session will provide participants with technical knowledge on a wide range of topics relating to the clinical interpretation of spirometry results, such as identifying technically poor traces, the use and calculation of reference values, and writing a spirometry report. After each lecture, participants will break into groups of maximum of 20 participants and one expert will facilitate group discussions; thereby, allowing participants to further enhance their knowledge on a particular topic.

Prior to the online session, participants will have the opportunity to review relevant online modules in order to ensure that they are familiar with the specialist terminology used throughout the online session. The online modules are as follows:

Module 1 - Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology required for spirometry
Module 2 - Definitions of spirometric values
Module 6 - Quality assurance
Module 7 - Evaluation of spirometric results

An application for accreditation by the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) has been made. The number of credits, which you will receive, will correspond with the actual time you attend the course live.

Course format

  • Lectures
  • Group discussions

Target audience

  • Adult pulmonologists/Clinicians
  • Nurses
  • General practitioners


  • Recognising technically poor traces and measurement errors:
  • Deciding on which reference values to use and how to calculate them
  • Overview of F-V/V-T traces and the range of abnormal shapes
  • Describing the severity of an abnormality
  • Writing a spirometry report

Learning outcomes

After attending this online session, participants will be able: to describe methods used to interpret the results of spirometry tests; to evaluate patterns in flow volume and volume time curves that can differentiate among poor techniques, technical errors and abnormal spirometry results; and to distinguish between normal and abnormal spirometry results by comparing measured values with reference values.