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Arch Dis Child. Mar 1992; 67(3): 332–333.
PMCID: PMC1793677

Measuring compliance with inhaled medication in asthma.


Using an electronic inhaler timer device (Nebulizer Chronolog), compliance with the prescribed frequency of inhaled prophylactic medication in 14 asthmatic children was measured. Underuse occurred in 55% of study days while overuse occurred in only 2%. Such devices provide an important new tool for investigating inhaled drug compliance.

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