In a recent systematic review and meta‐analysis, the benefits of education older people about inhaler technique have been affirmed. The review ultimately included 8 studies (4 randomized, 4 quasi‐experimental) with a total of 1,812 participants. The most frequent intervention was physical demonstration of inhaler technique, training with placebo devices. Five studies showed significant reduction in exacerbation rates (pooled risk ratio=0.71, 95% confidence interval=0.59–0.86; p < .001), although effect on disease control and quality of life showed high discrepancy. Education improved inhaler performance and clinically relevant outcomes, although to an overall moderate degree.
Inhaler technique education for older people with asthma or COPD delivers benefits
Feb 10, 2019