Spirometry Testing for Diagnosing Asthma & COPD in Primary Care – The Why & The How

Lung Health Foundation is proud to announce the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness about the importance of breathing tests for those with suspected asthma or COPD.

Asthma and COPD are among the most common chronic diseases in Canada. In fact, almost 4 million Canadians have a label of asthma, and over 2 million have a label of COPD. People who are diagnosed with asthma or COPD are usually prescribed inhalers, but rarely recommended pulmonary function testing to confirm the diagnosis.

But did you know that some people on puffers do not actually have asthma or COPD? Studies show that more than 30% of Canadians diagnosed with asthma or COPD do not actually have the condition when formally tested.

Choosing Wisely’s Let’s Clear the Air campaign aims to encourage thoughtful conversations between clinicians and patients who have received a diagnosis of asthma or COPD. The goal of the campaign is to avoid unnecessary treatment and misdiagnosis that can occur without a proper breathing test.

To help get these conversations started, the Lung Health Foundation is hosting three, free, educational webinars for healthcare providers to establish the case for and the importance of spirometry testing.  Primary care providers, we invite you to come and explore more about the why and the how of spirometry testing for the diagnosis of asthma and COPD.

We are offering this webinar on three separate dates for your convenience. Please select one of the dates below and register today!

This 2-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 3.0 Mainpro+® credits

June 16, 2022

10:00 – 11:30AM CST /12:00 – 1:30PM EST

June 21, 2022

10:00 – 11:30AM CST / 12:00 – 1:30PM EST

June 29, 2022

2:00 – 3:30PM CST / 4:00 – 5:30 PM EST
If these dates don’t work for you and you are interested in attending a future session please email



Dr. Christopher Davis completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Toronto in 2013. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 2016, and his fellowship in Respirology at Queens University in 2018. He is now appointed as an adjunct professor with the Queen’s School of Medicine and has hospital privileges at Kingston Health Sciences Center. He is also a managing partner at Kingston Respiratory Services, Kingston’s only community Respirology clinic and PFT testing lab.  


Dr. Rashaad Hansia has over 20 years of experience as a physician.  In addition to individual patient care, his interest in patient-centred health system improvement from very early on in his career led him to complete Masters Degrees in Public Health and Business Administration.  Since 2014, Rashaad has served as a family physician and Medical Director at the Meadow Primary Health Care Centre and as physician partner in a dyad leadership role with the Executive Director of Primary Health Care in the Regina area of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.  He is a Canadian Certified Physician Executive with a special interest in and a passion for developing safe, high quality and high value health services and is a self-confessed lifetime learner.

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