Value based interpretation of pulmonary function tests

P. Harber

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3 Scopus citations


Two contrasting errors in spirometric interpretation are the inappropriate conclusion of 'normality' (type I) and of 'abnormality' (type II). A survey of 67 health professionals showed major interpersonal and intersituational differences in opinion about the optimal relative proportions of type I and type II errors. This suggests the need for caution in the commonly employed practice of interpretation based on a 5 percent false positive rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)874-877
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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