August 1973

Spirometric Standards for Healthy Inner-City Black Children

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Department of Pediatrics (Drs. Nick Chehreh, Viaene, and Ross) and Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Division of Pulmonary Diseases (Dr. Young), Howard University College of Medicine and Freedmen's Hospital, Washington, DC.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(2):159-163. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190139005

Spirometric standards have been established for healthy inner-city black children ages 6-14. These are expected to provide better comparisons during pulmonary function testing by hospitals, clinics, and neighborhood health centers during the current decade than previously published values.

Since both age and height together, correlated best with vital capacity, minute volume, and maximum voluntary ventilation, regression formulae were constructed from these variables. These standards are intended to be used when testing black children.

Comparisons were made with available data for children, and ethnic differences were attributed to both anthropologic as well as socioeconomic factors.