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Research Article

Are Training Programs Efficient Enough to Improve Spirometry Quality in Primary Care?

Pilar Carmen Cebollero1*, Maria Carmen Bermejo1, Jose Antonio Cascante1, Francisco Campano1, Jorge Zagaceta1, Izaskun Jiménez2 and Javier Hueto3

1Pneumology Service of Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra, Spain

2Health Centre Salazar, Ezcároz, Navarre, Spain

3Health Centre Mendillorri, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain

*Corresponding Author:
Pilar Carmen Cebollero
Pneumology Service of Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra
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Received date: August 18, 2016; Accepted date: September 24, 2016; Published date: September 27, 2016

Citation: Cebollero PC, Bermejo MC, Cascante JA, Campano F, Zagaceta J, et al. (2016) Are Training Programs Efficient Enough to Improve Spirometry Quality in Primary Care? J Pulm Respir Med 6:368. doi: 10.4172/2161-105X.1000368

Copyright: © 2016 Cebollero PC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Objective: To analyse the spirometry situation in primary care (PC), in terms of its use as well as its quality, one decade after our first analysis and to evaluate the effectiveness of the plans instituted since then. Methodology: In the first phase, a survey of all health centres (centros de salud, CSs, in Spanish), similar to the one used in 2005, was conducted in which information was requested regarding spirometric equipment, frequency of use, calibration, and personnel training. Subsequently, 96 patients were referred from PC after having a baseline spirometry conducted at a CS. The spirometry was repeated the same morning with a similar spirometer in the pneumology laboratory. Two expert pneumologists in functionalism analysed the quality of the tests according to the ATS/ERS and SEPAR regulations and compared the results with these obtained in 2005. Results: A spirometer is available in 100% of the CSs (90.9% in 2005). Spirometries are performed in 91.8%, and in 80.3%, daily calibration is performed (4% in 2005). However, the number of spirometries remains similar to that found in our previous study and lower than desired. With respect to their quality, only 40.5% of the 96 tests analysed had sufficient quality (A, B or C in a scale from A to F). The spirometric diagnosis was wrong in 43.7% of the cases (39.7% in 2005), corresponding to an absence of agreement in 29.1% and a discrepancy in the severity in 13.5%. Conclusions: Spirometry in PC continues to be an unresolved problem in our area, and we have ascertained that exclusively training and non-continuing programmes yield insufficient results. Given the magnitude of the problem and knowledge of the existence of projects that have demonstrated their effectiveness, we believe there should be no further delay in implementing any of these strategies adapted to each area.


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