Quality of spirometric performance in older people

Licia Pezzoli, Gianluca Giardini, Silvia Consonni, Ilaria Dallera, Claudio Bilotta, Gianluca Ferrario, Maria Cristina Sandrini, Giorgio Annoni, Carlo Vergani

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Abstract

Objectives: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma are major causes of hospitalisation and mortality among older patients but respiratory diseases are often under- or misdiagnosed because spirometry is not extensively used at this age. Design: we examined 715 elderly subjects with respiratory symptoms; all underwent a spirometric test and were administered the Mini Mental State Examination, Activities of Daily Living, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living and Geriatric Depression Scale questionnaires for cognitive, functional and effective evaluation. Their educational level and Body Mass Index were also taken into consideration. Results: a total of 585 patients (81.8%) were able to perform spirometry according to ATS'94 criteria while 130 (18.2%) were unable to do it. As regards educational level, Mini Mental State Examination, Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living scores showed a significant difference (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalAge and Ageing
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

Keywords

  • Ageing
  • Cognitive and functional impairment
  • Spirometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing

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    Pezzoli, L., Giardini, G., Consonni, S., Dallera, I., Bilotta, C., Ferrario, G., Sandrini, M. C., Annoni, G., & Vergani, C. (2003). Quality of spirometric performance in older people. Age and Ageing, 32(1), 43-46. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/32.1.43