Interventions to Improve Adherence to Inhaled Steroids for Asthma

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: April 2017

In this Cochrane systemic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that various strategies can improve adherence to taking steroid inhalers for adults and children with asthma. The review included studies that compared usual asthma care with one of the following:

  • Adherence education
  • Electronic trackers or reminders
  • Simplified drug regimens
  • School‐based directly observed therapy

It’s unclear whether this improvement in adherence has clinical relevance on quality of life and asthma control.

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Normansell, R., Kew, K. M., & Stovold, E. (2017). Interventions to improve adherence to inhaled steroids for asthma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017 (4). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012226.pub2