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Incorrect and correct measurement of standing heightStanding height

Standing height is the most important individual predictor of lung function indices and should therefore be measured with great care.

  1. The subject should have bare feet, and the heels together.
  2. Heels, calf, buttock and back should preferably touch the stadiometer.
  3. The investigators hands should then be cupped around the subject’s mandible and the face gently lifted so that the lower orbital level and the external auditory meatus are level.
  4. Record standing height in mm, refrain from rounding at this stage.

This procedure leads to very reproducible measurements, which may be up to 5 cm higher than non-standardized measurements.

Modified with permission from:
Cotes JE. Lung Function. Assessment and application in medicine. Ed. 5, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 1993.

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