Spirometry role in asthma diagnosis clarified

The chair of the Australian Asthma Handbook guidelines committee, GP Professor Amanda Barnard, said the committee felt there was a need to clarify the role of spirometry in diagnosis.

“Spirometry is a really critical tool in diagnosis and in the ongoing assessment of asthma… I think this is just something that wasn’t perhaps as clear in the [previous] handbook as it needed to be,” she said.

According to Professor Barnard, while many doctors pay