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A Review of Electronic Devices to Assess Inhaler Technique

Carpenter, DM; Roberts, CA; Sage, AJ; George, J; Horne, R; (2017) A Review of Electronic Devices to Assess Inhaler Technique. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports , 17 (3) , Article 17. 10.1007/s11882-017-0684-3. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Multiple electronic devices exist that provide feedback on the accuracy of patient inhaler technique. Our purpose is to describe the inhaler technique feedback provided by these devices, including specific technique steps measured, how feedback is displayed, target of feedback (patient, provider, researcher), and compatibility with inhaler type (metered-dose inhaler [MDI], diskus, etc.). RECENT FINDINGS: We identified eight devices that provide feedback on inhaler technique. Only one device assessed all evidence-based MDI technique steps. Most devices provide limited real-time feedback to patients, if any feedback at all. Technologies to assess inhaler technique are advancing and hold great potential for improving patient inhaler technique. Many devices are limited in their ability to detect all evidence-based technique steps and provide real-time user-friendly feedback to patients and providers. Usability tests with patients and providers could identify ways to improve these devices to improve their utility in clinical settings.

Type: Article
Title: A Review of Electronic Devices to Assess Inhaler Technique
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11882-017-0684-3
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11882-017-0684-3
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Dry powder inhaler, Inhaler, Inhaler competence, Inhaler technique, Metered dose inhaler, mHealth
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy > Practice and Policy
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1547593
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