Open Access Open Badges Study protocol

FUMEPOC: Early detection of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in smokers

Vicente Gil-Guillén1*, Domingo Orozco-Beltrán2, Concepcion V Carratala Munuera3, Carlos Plaza-Sirvent2, Patricia Lorca-Amorrich2, Adriana López-Pineda2, María P Vela-Troncoso4, Juan J Soler5, Manuel Yarza-Cañellas6, Antonio Fernández2, Luis Rosado-Bretón6, Carmen Olivares-Bautista7, Alejandro Muñoz-Fernández8 and FUMEPOC Study Research Team

Author Affiliations

1 Departamento Medicina Clínica, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (Campus de San Juan), 03550 San Juan de Alicante, Alicante, Spain

2 Unidad Investigación, Hospital Universitario San Juan de Alicante, Carretera Nacional 332 Alicante-Valencia s/n, 03550, Sant Joan d'Alacant (Alicante), Spain

3 Departamento Medicina Clínica, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Carretera Nacional 332 Alicante-Valencia s/n, 03550, Sant Joan d'Alacant (Alicante), Spain

4 Departamento de Medicina Interna, Hospital General de Elda (Alicante), Ctra. Sax-Elda, s/n, 03600, Elda, Spain

5 Servicio de Neumología, Hospital de Requena, Casablanca, S/N, 46340, Requena, Spain

6 Agencia Valenciana de Salud, Conselleria de Sanidad, Micer Mascó no 31, 46010, Valencia, Spain

7 Centro de Salud Villena II, Avenida Los toreros s/n, 03400, Villena (Alicante), Spain

8 Hospital General de Elda Virgen de la Salud, Ctra. de Sax s/n, 03600, Elda, Spain

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11:413  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-413

Published: 31 May 2011



Currently is not feasible using conventional spirometry as a screening method in Primary Care especially among smoking population to detect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in early stages. Therefore, the FUMEPOC study protocol intends to analyze the validity and reliability of Vitalograph COPD-6 spirometer as simpler tool to aid screening and diagnosis of this disease in early stages in primary care surgery.

Methods / Design

Study design: An observational, descriptive study of diagnostic tests, undertaken in Primary Care and Pneumology Outpatient Care Centre at San Juan Hospital and Elda Hospital. All smokers attending the primary care surgery and consent to participate in the study will undergo a test with Vitalograph COPD-6 spirometer. Subsequently, a conventional spirometry will be performed in the hospital and the results will be compared with those of the Vitalograph COPD-6 test.


It is difficult to use the spirometry as screening for early diagnose test in real conditions of primary care clinical practice. The use of a simpler tool, Vitalograph COPD-6 spirometer, can help in the early diagnose and therefore, it could improve the clinical management of the disease.