Published: 5 November 2015
Authors: Bosnic-Anticevic, S.
Improving inhaler technique and adherence: a complex problem in practice
The role of medications in the management of asthma is central to good asthma control, and this is reflected in asthma management guidelines globally. However, when it comes to the management of asthma medicine use in practice, there are significant issues associated with the inappropriate use of inhaled medications. These include overuse of reliever medications, underuse of regular maintenance medications, poor adherence, and incorrect inhaler technique. The reasons for the misuse of asthma medicines are many and include factors relating to disease, medication, patients, health-care practitioners and the health system.
In this session, strategies for improving inhaler technique and adherence will be discussed, and alternative approaches to improving medication use in asthma will be highlighted.