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Elder Care - A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Pulmonary Function Tests in Older Adults

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Elder Care - A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Pulmonary Function Tests in Older Adults

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Cristine Berry, MD, MHS
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
POGOe Id: 
21713
Date Posted: 
08/14/2013
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
03/06/2018
Abstract: 

Pulmonary Function Tests in Older Adults is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 
  1. State why older patients may not experience dyspnea, even with significant lung disease
  2. State how forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) changes over the lifespan.
  3. Explain the effect of kyphosis on the results of pulmonary function testing
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as: 

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Expires 6mos Email Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 3:58pm
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Suggested Citation:
Elder Care - A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Pulmonary Function Tests in Older Adults. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2013 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/21713