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The ability of the community pharmacist to learn the proper actuation techniques of inhaler devices

Authors
Journal
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
0091-6749
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
108
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1067/mai.2001.119153
Keywords
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Education
  • Inhaler Device
  • Asthma
  • Turbuhaler
  • Diskus
  • Metered-Dose Inhaler
  • Actuation Technique
  • Change Score
Disciplines
  • Education
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

Abstract Today, greater responsibility is placed on community pharmacists for the education of patients than ever before. Thus community pharmacists were recruited for this study and asked to demonstrate the proper steps in the actuation sequences of 3 inhaler devices. Baseline measurements were followed by an instructional session on the proper actuation technique, and then a posttest was conducted 4 to 6 weeks later. The mean changes between baseline and postinstruction percentage scores for the metered-dose inhaler device, the Turbuhaler, and the Diskus were (mean ± SD) 17.1% ± 15.4%, 22.6% ± 18.7%, and 38.4% ± 19.6%, respectively. This study demonstrates that a single instructional session can dramatically improve a community pharmacist's ability to demonstrate the correct method of actuation. (J Allergy Clin Immunol 2001;108:918-20.)

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