General practitioners' needs for ongoing support for the interpretation of spirometry tests.
SourceEuropean Journal of General Practice, 13, 1, (2007), pp. 16-19
Article / Letter to editor
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Centre for Quality of Care Research
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
European Journal of General Practice
SubjectEBP 3: Effective Primary Care and Public Health; EBP 4: Quality of Care; N4i 1: Pathogenesis and modulation of inflammation; NCEBP 14: Cardiovascular diseases; NCEBP 3: Implementation Science; NCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health
BACKGROUND: Although one out of three general practitioners (GPs) carries out spirometry, the diagnostic interpretation of spirometric test results appears to be a common barrier for GPs towards its routine application. METHODS: Multivariate cross-sectional analysis of a questionnaire survey among 137 GPs who participated in a spirometry evaluation programme in the Netherlands. We identified characteristics of GPs and their practice settings associated with GPs' need for ongoing support for spirometry interpretation. RESULTS: Response rate on the survey questionnaire was 98%. The need for ongoing support among the participating GPs was 69%. GPs' recent spirometry training showed a statistically significant association with the need for ongoing support for the interpretation of spirometry (odds ratio 0.43, 95% CI 0.20-0.92). CONCLUSION: There is a need for ongoing support for spirometry interpretation among GPs. Recent spirometry training partially diminished this need.
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