Planning a lung testing event in 2013?

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The European Lung Foundation will be holding the next World Spirometry Day in 2014 and will not be coordinating a campaign in 2013.

However a number of event organisers have told us they’d like to hold a lung testing event in 2013.


Read the WSD2012 report

During the 2012 campaign over 760 events were held in 80 countries, with more than 100,000 tests being performed.

We also received over 400 photos of events. You can view them in the WSD photo gallery on Flickr.

Resources for 2013

Although we cannot provide all the resources that we did this year, we have put together some resources to help you plan your event and provide patients with information:

1. Practical guide to running spirometry events

2. Correspondence pack, includes a sample:

  • follow-up letter for those with abnormal results to take to their doctor
  • questionnaire for people attending the event

Please note: these documents can be edited, so you can customise them for your event/organisation.

3. Patient information pack, includes the factsheets:

  • Living an active life with COPD
  • Living well with COPD
  • Smoking and the lungs
  • Spirometry
  • Asthma and infection
  • Asthma in elite athletes

Setting a date

As there is no World Spirometry Day in 2013, you can hold your lung testing event whenever is best for you. This may be influenced by national holidays, school holidays, busy times for hospitals and health professionals, so make sure you choose a day when as many people as possible will be able to come and have their lungs tested and help out with the event.

If you prefer, you could hold your event on the same day as another national or international lung health campaign. Here are a few that we know of in 2013, but there may be others.

World Asthma Day – Tuesday 7th May 2013

World No Tobacco Day – Friday 31st May 2013

Deutscher Lungentag – Saturday 21st September 2013

World COPD Day – Wednesday 27th November 2013

WSD 2014

We hope that you will also get involved in the WSD 2014 campaign. If you would like to be kept up to date of our plans please sign up for updates here

We will send out a monthly email to let you know when the WSD2014 website has been launched, what resources are available, and ideas to help you to plan your event.

If you have any questions or would like to tell us your plans for either 2013 or 2014 email us at [email protected]


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