The development of a community-based spirometry service in the Canterbury region of New Zealand: observations on new service delivery

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The development of a community-based spirometry service in the Canterbury region of New Zealand: observations on new service delivery
Abstract
In 2008, as part of the changes to develop integrated health care services in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, the local health board in collaboration with general practitioners, respiratory specialists and scientists introduced a programme for general practices to provide laboratory-quality spirometry in the community. The service adhered to the 2005 ATS/ERS international spirometry standards. The spirometry service was provided by trained practice nurses and community respiratory nurses, and was monitored and quality assured by certified respiratory scientists in the Respiratory Physiology Laboratory, Christchurch Hospital and CISO (Canterbury Initiative Services Organisation). These two organisations were responsible for organising training seminars and refresher courses on spirometry technique and interpretation of results. A total of 10 practices have now become approved spirometry providers, with the number of tests carried out in the primary care setting increasing gradually. Consistently high-quality spirometry tests have been obtained and are now presented on a centrally available results database for all hospital and community clinicians to review. Although the service has proved to be more convenient for patients, the tests have not been delivered as quickly as those carried out by the Respiratory Physiology Laboratory. However, the time scales for testing achieved by the community service is considered suitable for investigation of chronic disease. The success of the service has been dependent on several key factors including hospital and clinical support and a centralised quality assurance programme, a comprehensive training schedule and online clinical guidance and close integration between primary and secondary care clinicians.
Publication
npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Volume
25
Issue
1
Pages
1-4
Date
2015-03-05
Language
en
DOI
10.1038/npjpcrm.2015.3
ISSN
2055-1010
Short Title
The development of a community-based spirometry service in the Canterbury region of New Zealand
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Epton, M. J., Stanton, J. D., McGeoch, G. R., Shand, B. I., & Swanney, M. P. (2015). The development of a community-based spirometry service in the Canterbury region of New Zealand: observations on new service delivery. Npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, 25(1), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1038/npjpcrm.2015.3
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