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Does training respiratory physicians in clinical respiratory physiology and interpretation of pulmonary function tests improve core knowledge?
  1. M Patout1,2,
  2. L Sesé1,3,
  3. T Gille4,5,
  4. B Coiffard1,6,
  5. S Korzeniewski1,7,
  6. E Lhuillier1,2,
  7. A Pradel4,8,
  8. C Tardif4,9,
  9. A Chambellan4,10,11,
  10. C Straus8,12,13,
  11. S Matecki4,14,
  12. T Perez4,15,16,
  13. L Thiberville17,18,
  14. A Didier19,20
  1. 1Groupe AJPO2/AJIRR—Jeunes Pneumologues, Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française, Paris, France
  2. 2Normandie Univ, UNIRouen, EA3830-GRHV, Institute for Research and Innovation in Biomedicine (IRIB) and Rouen University Hospital, Service de Pneumologie, Oncologie thoracique et Soins Intensifs Respiratoires, Rouen, France
  3. 3Service de Pneumologie, Hôpitaux Universitaires Paris Seine-St-Denis, AP-HP Bobigny, Bobigny, France
  4. 4Groupe Fonction, Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française, Paris, France
  5. 5Service de Physiologie, Explorations Fonctionnelles et Médecine du Sport, Hôpitaux Universitaires Paris Seine-St-Denis, AP-HP et EA2363, Université Paris 13, COMUE Sorbonne Paris Cité, Bobigny, France
  6. 6Service de Pneumologie, Maladies Respiratoires Rares et Transplantation Pulmonaire, Hôpital Nord, Marseille, France
  7. 7Service de Pneumologie, CHU de Nice, Nice, France
  8. 8AP-HP, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière Charles Foix, Service d'Explorations Fonctionnelles de la Respiration, de l'Exercice et de la Dyspnée, Paris, France
  9. 9Rouen University Hospital, Service de Physiologie Digestive, Urinaire, Respiratoire et Sportive, Rouen, France
  10. 10L'institut du thorax, CHU de Nantes, Nantes, France
  11. 11Université de Nantes, Nantes, France
  12. 12Groupe Respiration, Société de Physiologie et de Biologie Intégrative, Paris, France
  13. 13Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Université Paris 06, UMR_S 1158, Neurophysiologie Respiratoire Expérimentale et Clinique, Paris, France
  14. 14Unité d'exploration fonctionnelle Pédiatrique—CHU Arnaud De Villeneuve—Physiologie et Médecine Expérimentale du cœur et des muscles: UMR CNRS 9214—Inserm U1046, Montpellier, France
  15. 15CHU de Lille, Lille, France
  16. 16Université de Lille, Lille, France
  17. 17Collège des Enseignants de Pneumologie, Paris, France
  18. 18Normandie Univ, UNIRouen, CIC INSERM 1404 and Rouen University Hospital, Service de Pneumologie, Oncologie thoracique et Soins Intensifs Respiratoires, Rouen, France
  19. 19Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française, Paris, France
  20. 20Pôle des Voies Respiratoires, CHU de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Patout, Unité de soins intensifs respiratoires, service de pneumologie, Rouen University Hospital, 147 avenue du Maréchal-Juin, Rouen, 76031 Cedex, France; maxime.patout{at}


Lung function tests have a major role in respiratory medicine. Training in lung function tests is variable within the European Union. In this study, we have shown that an internship in a lung function tests laboratory significantly improved the technical and diagnostic skills of French respiratory trainees.

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  • Contributors MP: conception, acquisition, analysis, interpretation, drafting the work; LS: acquisition, analysis, interpretation; TG: conception, analysis, interpretation, revising critically; BC: acquisition, revising critically; SK: conception, acquisition, analysis, revising critically; EL: conception, acquisition, analysis, interpretation; AP: conception, acquisition; CT, AC, CS, SM, TP, LT and AD: conception, interpretation, revising critically.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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