The global lung function initiative 2012 equations are as well-suited as local population derived equations to a sample of healthy professional firefighters

Slattery, Flynn, Schermer, Tjard, Esterman, Adrian, Johnston, Kylie, and Crockett, Alan (2017) The global lung function initiative 2012 equations are as well-suited as local population derived equations to a sample of healthy professional firefighters. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 2017. 6327180.

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Abstract

Background and Objective: We aimed to assess the validity of using the Global Lung Function Initiative’s (GLI) 2012 equations to interpret lung function data in a healthy workforce of South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS) personnel.

Methods: Spirometry data from 212 healthy, nonsmoking SAMFS firefighters were collected and predicted normal values were calculated using both the GLI and local population derived (Gore) equations for forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), and FEV1/FVC. Two-tailed paired sample Student’s t-tests, Bland-Altman assessments of agreement, and z-scores were used to compare the two prediction methods.

Results: The equations showed good agreement for mean predicted FEV1, FVC, and FEV1/FVC. Mean z-scores were similar for FEV1 and FVC, although not FEV1/FVC, but greater than 0.5. Differences between the calculated lower limits of normal (LLN) were significant (p<0.01), clinically meaningful, and resulted in an 8% difference in classification of abnormality using the FEV1/FVC ratio.

Conclusions: The GLI equations predicted similar lung function as population-specific equations and resulted in a lower incidence of obstruction in this sample of healthy SAMFS firefighters. Further, interpretation of spirometry data as abnormal should be based on both an FEV1 and FEV1/FVC ratio < LLN.

Item ID: 53129
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1916-7245
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This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 23:49
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology > 110299 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920115 Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) @ 100%
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