Clinical application of forced oscillation

Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2001;14(5):341-50. doi: 10.1006/pupt.2001.0310.


This review summarizes current clinical use of the forced oscillation technique (FOT) for analysis of lung function. It presents an intuitive approach to FOT pattern recognition for interpretation of results in human subjects, and the view that FOT is now well established and, clinically, eminently useful in patients with airflow obstruction. The focus of this review is on findings that relate directly to clinical utility, with less emphasis on theoretical mechanisms. The major thrust for clinical application of FOT derives from a number of European clinical research centers. Farre and Navajas and their colleagues in Barcelona, Harf and the Lorinos and their coworkers in Paris, Peslin and Duvivier and their coworkers in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, Pride and coworkers in London, and Van de Woestijne, Clement, Demedts, Landser, Van Noord, and their colleagues in Leuven have essentially been responsible for clinical development of FOT over the past 25 years. Publishing space does not permit an exhaustive listing of the many contributions of these investigators, but it is intended that the present review will provide a useful infrastructure from which the reader may progress to other research citations as desired.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Airway Resistance / physiology*
  • Biological Clocks / physiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiology*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / diagnosis
  • Respiratory Function Tests / methods