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, including oscillometry, have been developed for preschoolers that must meet crucial psychometric properties required of lung function tests to be indicated for clinical use. In a 2013 ATS workshop, oscillometry met most 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 session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the lung properties measured by oscillometry;
  • Recognize psychometric properties of lung function testing met by oscillometry;
  • Review the scientific evidence regarding the clinical utility of oscillometry in clinical pediatric practice; and
  • Consider future research directions.