Functional evaluation of lung and airways: building a flow chart for a comprehensive, multifaceted, evidence-based use of the different techniques

Chairs: Andrea Aliverti & Wilfried De Backer

Functional evaluation of airway and lung function is still dominated by traditional tests like spirometry, single or multiple breath wash-in/washout and lung diffusion. During the last years, however, a large amount of evidence has been produced regarding the use of alternative approaches for a more complete understanding of lung and airways function in health and diseases.

The aim of this Task Force is therefore to create a comprehensive flow-chart of up-to-date lung function testing, where all techniques, both traditional and recent ones, are positioned relative to each other. It will result a Statement based on scientific evidence, documented by references and data supporting the conclusions and recommendations.