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Table 8 Main obstacles to early COPD diagnosis GPs encounter in their working places

From: Pneumocafé project: an inquiry on current COPD diagnosis and management among General Practitioners in Italy through a novel tool for professional education

Obstacles N % North Center South Islands
Spirometry availability too far 271 14.54 122 41 80 28
Cost of the examination 335 17.97 159 41 98 37
Too long time to be waited for spirometry 1,039 55.74 523 247 208 61
Lack of respiratory specialists in that district 219 11.75 103 58 47 11
Total 1,864 100