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DOCTORS SAY ASTHMA PATIENTS OFTEN BELIEVE THEY USE INHALERS CORRECTLY

DOCTORS SAY ASTHMA PATIENTS OFTEN BELIEVE THEY USE INHALERS CORRECTLY
 ST. PAUL, Minn., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients with asthma may think they're using their traditional pocket-sized inhalers correctly but their doctors don't necessarily agree, according to findings from a Gallup Poll released today.
 Physicians estimated that, on the average, only about half of their patients correctly use their inhalers every time. The same doctors think that an average of 79 percent of their patients who use inhalers believe they are using the correct technique every time. The risk for patients with incorrect technique believing that they are using inhalers correctly is that they are not likely to seek instruction in proper usage from their doctors.
 Overall, the doctors told Gallup, eight out of 10 patients (83 percent) with "reversible obstructive airway disease" such as asthma and chronic bronchitis use the traditional metered-dose inhalers. Metered-dose inhalers are pocket-sized devices that deliver puffs of medication, which the patient must inhale at the proper moment. The primary difficulty patients have with traditional inhalers is coordinating the actuation of the inhaler with inhaling.
 Two-thirds of physicians (64 percent) say they rely on continuous retraining to help patients overcome difficulties they have using traditional metered-dose inhalers. However, for the 50 percent of patients who require retraining, one out of five are still unable to use correct administration technique after retraining, according to the poll.
 The survey, sponsored by 3M Pharmaceuticals, a pioneer in developing metered-dose inhaler technology, was conducted with 351 office-based physicians (152 allergists and 199 pulmonologists) who used MDIs to treat at least some of their patients with reversible obstructive airway disease. Interviewing took place by telephone between March 27 and April 26, 1991. The sample had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points.
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