Patients' perspectives and preferences in the choice of inhalers: the case for Respimat((R)) or HandiHaler((R))
SourcePatient Preference and Adherence, 10, (2016), pp. 1561-1572
Article / Letter to editor
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Patient Preference and Adherence
SubjectRadboudumc 5: Inflammatory diseases RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Poor inhaler technique hampers the efficacy of drug therapy in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Not only does this affect individual patient care, but it also impacts on the wider health care economics associated with these conditions. Treatment guidelines recommend a systematic approach to drug class selection; however, standardization of inhaler selection is currently difficult owing to the complexity of the interaction between the inhaler device and the patient. Specifically, individual patient preference can influence how successful a treatment is overall. This article reviews inhaler devices from the patient perspective, with a particular focus on the dry powder inhaler HandiHaler((R)) and Respimat((R)) Soft Mist Inhaler. It discusses factors that influence device preference and treatment compliance and reviews tools that can aid health care professionals to better match inhaler devices to individual patients' needs.
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