Sanja Stanojevic, PhD
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Pulmonary function test results play an important role in the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease. Interpretation of measured values hinges on the appropriate comparison to a healthy reference population. Choosing an appropriate reference equation that reflects the genetic ancestry, environment and geography of an individual patient is important but becoming increasingly difficult to do. This session will highlight the Global Lung Function Initiative reference equations as a tool to standardize the interpretation of pulmonary function tests worldwide. The advantages and challenges within the Canadian context will be summarized and discussed. In particular, the session will review the challenges and mitigating strategies to using race/ethnic specific equations.

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

  • Summarize the Global Lung Function Initiative reference equations for spirometry, transfer factor for carbon monoxide and static lung volumes;
  • Highlight the advantages and challenges to using a Global reference equation for interpretation of lung function; and
  • Describe the challenges of incorporating race/ethnicity into the interpretation of pulmonary function results.

CanMEDS Roles Addressed: Communicator , Leader, Professional, Scholar