Optimal adherence with inhaled corticosteroids is related to better health status

Kirsten Koehorst-ter Huurne, Sharina Kort, Kris Movig, Paul VanderValk, Job van der Palen, Marjolein Brusse-Keizer

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Objective: To study the relationship between therapy adherence with inhaled corticosteroids and health status measured with the Clinical COPD Questionnaire (CCQ). Methods: Therapy adherence and health status (CCQ) of 583 patients was recorded from pharmacy records over 3 years. It was expressed as percentage and deemed good at 75-125%, suboptimal at 5075%, and poor at 125%.

Results: Optimal adherence showed highest quality of life (lower scores) on questions 1 (short of breath at rest), 3 (concerned getting a cold, breathing getting worse), 8 (limited in moderate physical activities) 9 (limited in daily activity) There were no differences in domain and total scores (data not shown) between the adherence groups.

Conclusion: Optimal adherence always scored highest on quality of life, although not significant on every question/domain. (Table Presented).
Original languageEnglish
Article numberPA3933
JournalEuropean respiratory journal
Issue numberSuppl. 59
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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