Assessing spirometry competence through certification in community-based healthcare settings in Australia and New Zealand: A position paper of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science

ANZSRS Community-Based Spirometry Competency Working Group

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    Abstract

    Spirometry has been established as an essential test for diagnosing and monitoring respiratory disease, particularly asthma and COPD, as well as in occupational health surveillance. In Australia and New Zealand, there is currently no pathway for spirometry operators in community-based healthcare settings to demonstrate spirometry competence. The Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS) has identified a need for developing a pathway for operators working in community-based practices in Australia and New Zealand to demonstrate spirometry competence and certification. Spirometry certification provides evidence to patients, clients, employers and organizations that an individual has participated in an assessment process that qualifies them to perform spirometry to current international spirometry standards set out by the American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS). This document describes a competence assessment pathway that incorporates a portfolio and practical assessment. The completion of this pathway and the award of certification confer an individual is competent to perform spirometry for 3 years, after which re-certification is required. The adoption of this competency assessment and certification process by specialist organizations, and the commitment of operators performing spirometry to undergo this process, will enhance spirometry quality and practice in community-based healthcare settings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-152
    Number of pages6
    JournalRespirology
    Volume26
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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