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Selection of Peak Flowmeters in Ambulatory Asthma Patients : A Review of the Literature

Daniel T. Kennedy; Ziba Chang; Ralph E. Small
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From the School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Richmond

Daniel T. Kennedy, PharmD, Assistant Professor, VCU School of Pharmacy, PO Box 980533, Richmond, VA 23298-0533; email: dan.kennedy@vcu.edu


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;114(2):587-592. doi:10.1378/chest.114.2.587
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Abstract

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recently published updated guidelines that stress the importance of peak flow monitoring for patients with moderate-to-severe persistent asthma. In this specific patient population, a peak flowmeter provides a simple, quantitative, objective measurement of large airway function. The purpose of this article is to describe indications for peak flow monitoring in asthmatic patients, review technical requirements for peak flowmeters as described by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and evaluate the literature on commercially available peak flow devices to aid the health professional in selecting an appropriate meter for the patient with moderate-to-severe persistent asthma.


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