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Clin Chest Med. 2012 Sep;33(3):405-17. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2012.06.002. Epub 2012 Aug 2.

Adherence: the goal to control asthma.

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Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec, Université Laval, 2725 chemin Ste-Foy, Québec, QC G1V 4G5, Canada. lpboulet@med.ulaval.ca

Abstract

Asthma management requires adequate adherence to many recommendations, including therapy, monitoring of asthma control, avoidance of environmental triggers, and attending follow-up appointments. Poor adherence is common in patients with asthma and is often associated with increased health care use, morbidity, and mortality. Many determinants of poor adherence have been identified and should be addressed, but there is no clear profile of the nonadherent patient. Interventions to improve adherence therefore demand tailoring to the individual by including patient-specific education, addressing patient fears and misconceptions, monitoring adherence, and developing a shared decision process.

PMID:
22929091
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccm.2012.06.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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