Uncertain role of spirometry in managing childhood asthma in the UK 2019

Stephen W. Turner* (Corresponding Author)

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Asthma guidelines recommend that spirometry should be used for monitoring the condition in children. Surprisingly there is no link between rising or falling spirometry and treatment change. One guideline recommends that treatment might be increased if the per cent forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) is <80% or <60% of predicted.1 However, lung function is usually within the normal range in children2 with asthma, so these cut-offs are not helpful. Recently published data3 provide evidence of proof-of-concept and inform sample size calculation for a ‘spirometry trial’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number914
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number9
Early online date3 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • monitoring
  • respiratory
  • Humans
  • Spirometry/statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom
  • Child
  • Asthma/diagnosis


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