Lung function in an Australian population: 1. Spirometric standards for non-smoking adults

Med J Aust. 1979 Apr 7;1(7):292-5. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1979.tb112111.x.


Relationships between age, height, weight and spirometry with FEV0.5, FEV1, FVC and FEV1/FVC are described for a sample of 6275 female and 6511 male non-smoking adults living in New South Wales. Prediction equations for ventilatory function tests are derived from non-smokers and compared with other standards that are available in a population sample of 31172 subjects. It is concluded that the standards described in this paper are more appropriate for use in Australian populations. Nomograms for predicting FEV1 and FVC in females and males are provided.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Australia
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Female
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reference Values
  • Smoking
  • Spirometry*
  • United States
  • Vital Capacity