Workshop Announcement | Role of Spirometry in the diagnosis of chronic lung diseases

Monday, 12th February 2018, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Speke Resort and Conference Center Munyonyo Kampala. Room -TBA.

Workshop Description:
Spirometry is the most widely employed objective measure of lung function and is central to the diagnosis and management of chronic lung diseases, such as Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Access to accurate Spirometry is however extremely limited in most Low-Income Countries (LICs) mostly due to lack of spirometers and the lack of training for healthcare workers to undertake the interpretation of spirometry result.
Through this workshop, participants will learn how to perform, critique and interpret Spirometry and in addition learn how to diagnose COPD and asthma using the test. In small groups, participants will participate in conducting Spirometry and a feedback session will follow afterwards to assess the quality checks of the test.

Target Audience:
The course will most benefit health workers interested in learning how use Spirometry to diagnose asthma and COPD, the commonest chronic lung diseases in Uganda. No prior experience in Spirometry training is required.

Workshop Objectives - Participants will be able to:
• Describe Spirometry and its role in diagnosing chronic lung diseases
• Demonstrate the technique of performing good quality Spirometry
• Describe steps taken in interpreting a Spirometry test
• Explain the criteria used to diagnose Asthma and COPD using Spirometry

Workshop Schedule:

Theory Session: 2:00 – 3:00pm
o What is Spirometry?
o How to assess the quality of a Spirometry test
o Steps taken in interpreting Spirometry results

Practical Session: 3:00 – 5:00pm
o Small Group practical sessions: Performing a Spirometry test, assessing quality and interpretation of the test
o Feedback, Summary and Closing

Contact: Workshop Organizer – Dr. Winceslaus Katagira. Email:
Physician & Research fellow, Makerere University Lung Institute
Workshop Administrator - to Ms Isabella Achokotho, Tel: 0772-629695 NCD Symposium Secretariat