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Metered-dose Inhaler Technique and Asthma Control in Patients Attending an Urgent Care Clinic in Barbados

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.584
Pages: 
723–28
Synopsis: 
Sixty-three per cent of asthmatics attending an urgent care clinic in Barbados had controlled asthma, and 16% were attending for asthma treatment. Ninety-seven per cent felt that their metered-dose inhaler technique was correct, but only 5% had correct technique.

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Objective: To estimate the proportion of asthmatics with correct pressurised metered-dose inhaler (MDI) technique.

Methods: All asthmatics 12 to 65 years of age using a MDI and attending an urgent care clinic on selected clinic days over a five-month period were administered a questionnaire and had their MDI technique evaluated.

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07 Dec, 2015
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e-Published: 29 Mar, 2016

Evaluation of Asthma Control using Patient Based Measures and Peak Expiratory Flow Rate

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Pages: 
214–18
Synopsis: 
Patients over-estimate asthma control. Approximately 80% of patients attending specialist care in Trinidad have uncontrolled asthma. The Asthma Control Test and the Royal College of Physicians ‘three questions test’ evaluated disease control comparably. Formal evaluation of asthma control is recommended.

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Objective: Asthma control has not been formally evaluated in the Caribbean. This study evaluated disease control on The Asthma Control Test (ACT), The Royal College of Physicians “Three questions” for Assessing Asthma Control (RCP), peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) and patients’ self-assessment of control.

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e-Published: 18 Sep, 2013
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