January 8, 2024

Change to race-neutral reference equations for spirometry testing

As part of our commitment to providing the highest quality care and ensuring health equity, we are making a change in our spirometry lab that may affect the interpretation of pulmonary function test results.

Starting in January 2024, we will be transitioning to race-neutral reference equations for spirometry testing. This change is aimed at improving health equity and ensuring that our diagnostic practices align with the latest standards in the field of respiratory medicine.

What does this mean for you?

The shift to race-neutral reference equations may lead to changes in the values you see on your pulmonary function test reports. For example, if you are accustomed to a percent predicted FEV1 of 110%, it may now be represented as 97% using the new reference values. We understand that these alterations might cause some confusion, and we want to assure you that it is a deliberate step towards providing fair and unbiased assessments.

Why the change?

The decision to adopt race-neutral reference equations is rooted in our commitment to eliminating disparities in health care. By using more inclusive standards, we aim to provide a more accurate reflection of your respiratory health, ensuring that all patients receive equitable and personalized care.

We recognize that these modifications may lead to questions or concerns, and we are here to provide any clarification or support you may need. Our team is available to address inquiries from both patients and referring providers to ensure a smooth transition.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact your pulmonology provider through MyChart or call your clinic.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work towards creating a more equitable health care environment.