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Prim Care Respir J. 2006 Oct;15(5):294-8. Epub 2006 Sep 15.

The FEV1/FEV6 ratio is a good substitute for the FEV1/FVC ratio in the elderly.

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Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway. hasse.melbye@ism.uit.no

Abstract

AIMS:

To determine the agreement between the FEV1/FEV6 ratio and the FEV1/FVC ratio in an elderly population.

METHOD:

The study sample consisted of 3874 participants in a cross-sectional population survey in Tromsö, Norway, aged 60 years or more, in whom acceptable spirometry had been obtained. Mean differences between the FEV1/FEV6 ratio (%) and the FEV1/FVC ratio (%) were calculated according to age, sex, smoking habit, and the degree of airflow limitation. ROC-curve analysis and Kappa-statistics were used to estimate the utility of the FEV1/FEV6 ratio in predicting an FEV1/FVC ratio < 70%.

RESULTS:

The mean difference between FEV1/FEV6% and FEV1/FVC% was 2.7% in both men and women. The difference between the two measures increased somewhat with increasing age, and was more pronounced with smoking and decreasing FEV1/FVC ratio. The value for the FEV1/FEV6 ratio which best predicted an FEV1/FVC ratio of 70%, was 73%, and a very good agreement was found between these two cut-off values (kappa = 0.86).

CONCLUSION:

The FEV1/FEV6 ratio appears to be a good substitute for the FEV1/FVC ratio in an elderly population.

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PMID:
16979378
PMCID:
PMC6730822
DOI:
10.1016/j.pcrj.2006.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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