ARTP statement on pulmonary function testing 2020

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

This paper comprises evidence-based recommendations from the ARTP on laboratory-based lung function assessments commonly performed in the United Kingdom. The paper includes recommendations on how to safety undertake lung function testing according to quality assured standards and utilizing the most suitable reference values for interpreting results. Main topics include general procedures (eg indications, contraindications), quality assurance, reference values, spirometry, bronchodilator response, static lung volumes, measurements of lung volume (eg whole body plethysmography, nitrogen washout), measurement of carbon monoxide transfer factor, blood gas analysis, respiratory muscle assessment, and pediatric lung function testing.