Assessment of inhalation technique in children in general practice: Increased risk of incorrect performance with new device

Wanda Hagmolen Of Ten Have*, Norbert J. Van De Berg, Patrick J E Bindels, Wim M C Van Aalderen, Job Van Der Palen

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Abstract

In a general practice based population 76% of 530 children inhaling asthma medication inhaled correctly. However, important differences among inhalers were found. Children with a pressurized metered-dose inhaler without a spacer device performed worst, with only 22% inhaling without essential errors. At a second evaluation of the inhaler technique, one year after the first assessment, performances with a new device were more often incorrect versus the unchanged devices (21.1% and 10.8%, respectively; p = 0.01). Providing children with a new device should be carefully controlled over time especially because these children are error prone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-71
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of asthma
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Asthma
  • Child
  • Inhalation devices
  • Metered dose inhalers

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