Dr. Francine M. Ducharme, Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, Montréal, QC

An alternative means to spirometry is needed to assess lung function in children who cannot cooperate with spirometry because of young age, developmental ability, etc. Several lung function tests have been developed for preschoolers, including oscillometry, that must meet crucial psychometric properties required of lung function tests to be indicated for clinical use. In the 2013 ATS workshop, oscillometry met most of the prerequisites, but discriminative properties were unclear and clinical utility remained to be assessed. This presentation will review the current status of oscillometry and its prerequisites for clinical use in childhood asthma/wheezing illnesses.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the lung properties measured by oscillometry;
  • Recognize the psychometric properties of oscillometry;
  • Consider the scientific evidence regarding the clinical utility of oscillometry in clinical pediatric practice; and
  • Discuss the interpretation criteria.

CanMEDs Competencies addressed:
Communicator, Medical Expert, Professional, Scholar