African Paediatric Lung Function
An African Infant and Preschool Lung Function Working Group has recently been established by several healthcare practitioners. The group is open to all colleagues across Africa who are working in this area. The main aims of the group are to:
- Connect those working in paediatric and infant lung function to offer a forum for support and discussion.
- Provide a resource of up to date documents that include international and local recommendations and standards; feedback from international and local groups on recent key updates and African paediatric lung function research (published and not).
- Develop regionally relevant standards for infant and preschool lung function.
- Advocate for improved access to cost effective and good quality testing.
- Support research, encouraging collaborations that will strengthen the use of lung function in the prevention, diagnosis and management of lung disease in African children.
View available resources below.
Position Statement of the South African Thoracic Society on Pulmonary Function Testing (2020)
Recommendation from ERS Group 9.1 (Respiratory function technologists /Scientists)
Lung function testing during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
Lung function testing in the COVID-19 endemic, Lancet
Spirometry (and other Lung Function) Testing during COVID-19 Protocol, RCCWMH
Newsletters and meetings
Normal values of respiratory oscillometry in South African children and adolescents (2023)
Choosing the Better GLI2012 Equation in South African Population Groups (2020)
An urgent need for African spirometry reference equations: the Paediatric and Adult African Spirometry (PAAS) study (2019)
Recommendations for a Standardized Pulmonary Function Report. An Official American Thoracic Society Technical Statement (2017)
Evaluation of the Global Lung Initiative 2012 Reference Values for Spirometry in African Children (2016)
Evaluation of the Global Lung Initiative 2012 reference values for spirometry in African children supplement
Lung function and exhaled nitric oxide in healthy unsedated African infants (2015)
Grading the severity of airways obstruction: new wine in new bottles (2014)
Respiratory Impedance and Bronchodilator Responsiveness in Healthy Children Aged 2–13 Years (2013)
The Global Lung Function Initiative: dispelling some myths of lung function test interpretation (2012)
Multi-Ethnic Reference Values for Spirometry for the 3–95 year age range: the Global Lung Function 2012 equations
Reference ranges for interrupter resistance technique: the Asthma UK Initiative (2010)
European Respiratory Society clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis of asthma in children aged 5–16 years (2021)
Recommendation from ERS Group 9.1 (Respiratory function technologists /Scientists): Lung function testing during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
Preschool Multiple-Breath Washout Testing. An Official American Thoracic Society Technical Statement (2018)
The International Collaboration to Improve Respiratory Health in Children (INCIRCLE) ERS Clinical Research Collaboration 2018
Paediatric spirometry guideline of the South African Thoracic Society: Part 1 (2013)
An Official American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Statement: Pulmonary Function Testing in Preschool Children (2007)
Tidal breath analysis for infant pulmonary function testing (2000)
Specifications for equipment used for infant pulmonary function testing (2000)
A simple new technique to measure the effective dead space of the face mask with a water volumeter in infants (1999)
Working Group Members