Int. Rev. Allergol. Clin. Immunol. Family Med., 2016, XXII/4: 215-220 Maximize

Int. Rev. Allergol. Clin. Immunol. Family Med., 2016, XXII/4: 215-220

Title: The ideal inhaler in the assessment of patients and doctors 

Authors: Bijoś P, Płusa T, Ludwikowski R. 

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The ideal inhaler in the assessment of patients and doctors

Bijoś P,1 Płusa T,2 Ludwikowski R1.

1Teva Pharmaceuticals Polska Sp. z o o, Warsaw, Poland; 2Department of Internal Medicine and Lung Diseases, EMC Hospital in Piaseczno, Poland

Int Rev Allergol Clin Immunol Family Med, 2016; Vol. 22, No. 4, 215

The effectiveness of inhalation therapy in patients with asthma and COPD is largely related to the correctness of using the inhaler.
The aim of this study
was to evaluate and compare the criteria that are used by physicians and patients when choosing an „ideal inhaler.”
Material and methods
. The study was conducted in 80 patients with asthma and COPD in 9 European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden. Patients – 10 from each country (except Denmark), aged 18-65 years were diagnosed by a physician. Asthma was diagnosed in 2/3 and 1/3 of COPD for at least a year before the survey. Parallel data were obtained from 180 interviews conducted among health workers (pneumonologists, family doctors and nurses work with them) – 20 from each country involved in the treatment of patients. The study included patients using Symbicort turbuhaler (8 patients in each country) or Seretide accuhaler (2 in each country, 3 patients in the Netherlands). The criteria for inhaler selection were analyzed.
. Patients with asthma and COPD in most positively assessed turbuhaler and akuhaler, highlighting a number of elements that have given complete satisfaction with the use of both devices. Doctors evaluating inhalers for the treatment of patients indicated the number of converging characteristics reported by the patients. The main criterion was to achieve satisfaction by the patient. Proposed features of an ideal inhaler into account the ease of use of the device, obtaining confirmation of correctly performed inhalations and ergonomic design and small dimensions of the inhaler.
. The main problem hindering the correct use of the device is still too complicated procedure for its use. When constructing the „ideal inhaler” must take into account the expectations of patients and their treating physicians attention.

Key words: inhaler, asthma, COPD