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J Aerosol Med Pulm Drug Deliv. 2013 Dec;26(6):336-44. doi: 10.1089/jamp.2012.1017. Epub 2013 Feb 19.

The effects of training on inhaler technique and quality of life in patients with COPD.

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1 Department of Medical Nursing, Erciyes University , Faculty of Health Sciences, 38039, Kayseri, Türkiye .

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This experimental study was conducted to determine the effects of training on inhaler technique and quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

METHODS:

Among the patients who applied at the outpatient clinic of chest diseases between March 2009 and May 2010, a total of 69 with COPD who complied with the criteria of the study were recruited; of these, 34 subjects were put in the intervention group and 35 in the control group. The intervention group was educated on using an inhaler by verbal training, demonstration movie, and leaflet. A follow-up after 3 months was carried out in both groups.

RESULTS:

Of the intervention group, 82.4% used the inhaler correctly; however, in the follow-up, all of the controls used it incorrectly (p<0.05). The number of attacks (p<0.001), emergency applications, and hospitalizations (p>0.05) of the intervention group was lower at the follow-up than in the control. Promotion in all areas of quality of life was determined in the intervention group (p<0.001).

CONCLUSION:

Consequently, a planned inhaler training given to the patients with COPD was found to decrease attack frequency and dyspnea, and improve quality of life.

PMID:
23421900
DOI:
10.1089/jamp.2012.1017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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