Office-based spirometry for early detection of obstructive lung disease
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2006
2006 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 18, Issue 9, pages 414–421, September 2006
How to Cite
Wallace, L. D. and Troy, K. E. (2006), Office-based spirometry for early detection of obstructive lung disease. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18: 414–421. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2006.00149.x
- Issue published online: 31 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2006
- Received: May 2005; accepted: March 2006
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
- smoking cessation
Purpose: To review the research-based evidence supporting smoking cessation as the only proven method to reduce chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) progression and to show that early detection of disease with office-based spirometry can lead to therapeutic intervention before physiologic symptoms arise.
Data sources: Extensive review of national and international scientific literature supplemented with drawings and algorithms.
Conclusions: Early detection of COPD with spirometry, along with smoking cessation, and aggressive intervention can alter the insidious course of this highly preventable disease. It is imperative that nurse practitioners utilize this simple and inexpensive procedure to identify COPD in its earliest stages, so treatment can reduce individual and community disease burden, reduce morbidity and mortality, and help reduce healthcare costs.
Implications for practice: Determination of early airflow obstruction supports smoking cessation education, provides objective data for patient motivation, thereby doubling patient compliance and reducing further disease burden.