SPIROMETRY

Spirometry Training Program

NHANES III Reference Values

These tables are provided for use in practicum sessions for students who wish to compare their own measured spirometry values to NHANES III reference values. The prediction tables are available in PDF format and contain reference values for the following variables: FEV1, FEV6, FVC, PEF, FEF25-75, FEV1/FVC, and FEV6/FVC. Within each gender (men and women), you may choose from three ethnicities: African-American, Caucasian, and Mexican-American. Within each gender/ethnicity category, you must choose a specific age group to use for comparison.

Reference Values for Men

Ethnicity Age Group (years)
African-American 16 – 19Cdc-pdf 20 – 40Cdc-pdf 41 – 60Cdc-pdf 61 – 80Cdc-pdf
Caucasian 16 – 19Cdc-pdf 20 – 40Cdc-pdf 41 – 60Cdc-pdf 61 – 80Cdc-pdf
Mexican-American 16 – 19Cdc-pdf 20 – 40Cdc-pdf 41 – 60Cdc-pdf 61 – 80Cdc-pdf

Reference Values for Women

Ethnicity Age Group (years)
African-American 18 – 40Cdc-pdf 41 – 60Cdc-pdf 61 – 80Cdc-pdf
Caucasian 18 – 40Cdc-pdf 41 – 60Cdc-pdf 61 – 80Cdc-pdf
Mexican-American 18 – 40Cdc-pdf 41 – 60Cdc-pdf 61 – 80Cdc-pdf
Page last reviewed: December 22, 2011