With advances in technology and the digitalization of healthhcare personal spirometers are now available making real time remote monitoring of lung function available to people anytime and anywere. In addition to availability, home spirometers have become increasingly more sophisticated, much easier to use and demonstrate results consistent with those found utilizing hospital equipment.
People who have had a Lung Transplant have depended on personal spirometers to track their lung function at home and this practice has become the standard of care for almost all lung transplant programs in the United States.
Recent studies have demonstrated the advantages of home spirometry in people with IPF which include:
- a more granular assessment of FVC than can be accomplished by periodic hospital based assessments
- prompt assessment of the onset of acute exacerbations
- earlier detection of rapidly declining lung function
- monitoring of clinical response to novel and expensive therapies
In addition to the clinical advantages, people have described feelings of empowerment in their ability to self monitor between their visits with their doctor. People describe some of the advantages as:
- feeling of taking a more active role in their health
- having a better understanding in the day to day fluctuations that can be seen in FVC
- easing the anxiety of lung function test results when at the doctor
Despite the incresing body of supportive clinical evidence supporting the use of home spirometry and patient reported benefits most people with IPF do not use a home spirometer!!