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Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2015 Jan;21(1):86-94. doi: 10.1097/MCP.0000000000000128.

Improving adherence to asthma therapies.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Adherence to asthma therapies is poor leading to unnecessary morbidity and increased use of emergency and hospital resources. Strategies to improve adherence have not been successful.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Asthma adherence disease management is a clinical method to improve adherence for asthma patients. The method includes: diagnosing adherence status; identifying patient barriers leading to nonadherence; selecting specific strategies for the clinician for each barrier identified; use of patient-centered communication skills to enhance the effectiveness of the strategies employed. This approach is now being tested in multiple controlled trials.

SUMMARY:

Clinicians may want to consider these strategies, in whole or in part, to improve asthma patient adherence.

PMID:
25415410
DOI:
10.1097/MCP.0000000000000128
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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