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Peak Flow Report

A report is a table and chart of the peak flow readings and asthma symptoms you have entered into Peak Flow. For more information on how a report differs from a diary, please see the Report vs Diary help topic.

The report contains:

  1. Peak Flow Chart … which displays your peak flow readings and zones.
  2. Peak Flow Details Section … which shows your best peak flow and the calculations for your green, yellow and red zones.
  3. Peak Flow Averages Section … which shows various averages of your peak flow readings.
  4. Notes Section … which can contain any notes you wish to save and print.
  5. Peak Flow and Symptom Table … which shows each peak flow reading (and asthma symptoms) and any notes you entered.

To print a report click on the Open print wizard… task.

  • Print Wizard Page 1 … select the Print a report option and then click on the Next > button.
  • Print Wizard Page 2 … configure the report options, and then click on the Next > button. See below for more information.
  • Print Wizard Page 3 … preview the report and then click on the Print button to close the wizard and print the report.

An example of a two page report is displayed below:

peak flow printed report

Report Options – customizing the report

The Report Options control what is printed in the report. The Report Options are displayed on the 2nd page of the print wizard. You can also access the Report Options by clicking on the Tools menu, then clicking on Open User [name] Options… and switching to the Report Options tab.

Print wizard report options window

Report Options – Report display name

This is the name that is printed at the top of each page. It defaults to your username, but can be changed if you wish. For example if you have used your first name as your username, you can enter your full name here and your full name will be printed.

Report Options – Chart Settings

The chart is printed first in the report and plots your peak flow readings.

In this section of the Report Options window you can change:

  • The Print chart checkbox controls whether or not to include the chart in the report.
  • You can change the date range of the chart by clicking on the Change button.

Report Options – Averages Settings

The Averages table lists a number of statistics about your peak flow readings. Each row contains a different group of readings.

By default, four rows are included; 1/ All your readings, 2/ Readings taken in the last 30 days, 3/ All your readings taken in the AM, and 4/ All your readings in the PM. You can add more averages or edit the existing averages by clicking on the Open Averages Tools button. Click here for more information on the Averages Tool.

Each cell in the averages table contains two statistics with the format Arithmetic Mean (Standard Deviation). The arithmetic mean is more commonly known as the average, and the standard deviation is a measure of the spread of the readings.

Report Options – Notes Settings

The report can optionally contain an extra section containing any text you wish to enter. Common uses for this is information such as a medication list, doctor contact information, etc … however you can enter whatever you like. The notes you enter are saved so that the next time you print a diary or a report you do not need to re-enter the information.

To edit the notes click on the Edit Notes button.

Report Options – Table Settings

The table lists your peak flow readings and asthma symptoms with the most recent reading at the top of the table. Each row contains the date and time of the reading, the peak flow reading, the percentage this reading is of your best reading, asthma symptoms (activity effect, cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness), whether any extra medicine was used, and any notes you made.

In this section of the Report Options you can change the date range of the table by clicking on the Change button. Choose either a period of time (back from the last entered reading), or a specific a start and end date.

Preview the document

The last page of the Print Wizard is a preview of the printed document.

  • Click on the Print button to print the report and close the wizard.
  • Click on the Cancel button to close the wizard without printing the report.
  • Click on the Page Setup button to change the margins and orientation of your paper.

Notes

  • A page size of A4,Letter or larger is required. If the page size is too small, Peak Flow will warn you the report may not print correctly. Try decreasing the margins in the Page Setup, or use a larger paper size (like A4 or Letter).

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