What to Expect

What to Expect: General Screen Visits

This approximately 2 hour screening visit is to determine whether any of our currently enrolling studies would be a good fit for you. During this visit we will review your detailed medical history and perform a breathing test, called a spirometry test, which allows us to measure your lung function. These tests are also used to diagnose and monitor asthma. To perform spirometry, you will take a deep breath in as instructed by the technician, and then blow out as hard and as fast as you possibly can into our machine. You may also be asked to inhale an asthma rescue medication (Albuterol) that will open up your airways, wait 15 to 30 minutes and repeat the breathing test.

You will be compensated between $25 and $50 during this screening visit and will also be provided with a parking voucher for the BWH garage.

Preparing for Your Visit:

To complete your medical history forms prior to appointment please, CLICK HERE.  If you are unable to complete the forms online, please arrive ahead of time to fill them out. 


DO NOT have any caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, etc.) for 8 hours prior to your appointment.
DO NOT use your rescue inhaler for 6 hours prior to your visit.
**If you feel the need to use your rescue inhaler, you can go ahead, but please call us, as we may need to reschedule the appointment.
DO NOT use medications such as Advair or Symbicort for 24 hours prior to your visit.
Please bring your current asthma medications to your visit.
Finally, please bring a photo ID so that you can receive your compensation from our BWH cashier’s office at the end of the visit.


For detailed written directions, please visit: Asthma Research Center Directions or use ourBWH Wayfinding Website to find door to door directions

If you have any questions please call us at 617-732-8201.