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Table 6 Process involving the occupational health physician/sports doctor

From: The AIMAR recommendations for early diagnosis of chronic obstructive respiratory disease based on the WHO/GARD model*

1. In their activity the occupational health or the sports doctor performs a simple spirometry test (this is expressly required by law) or identifies a patient with respiratory symptoms and, based on the diagnostic suspicion, carries out “on their own” a simple spirometry.
2. A spirometry that reveals an alteration requires confirmation through a comprehensive spirometry or specialist evaluation.
3. Simple spirometry that does not show alterations in a symptomatic patient requires further verifications.