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Do healthcare professionals understand asthma devices?
  1. Richard Goodwin1,
  2. Jane Heraghty2
  1. 1Department of Pharmacy, Evelina London Children's Hospital Part of Guy's and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Respiratory Medicine, Evelina London Children's Hospital Part of Guy's and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Richard Goodwin, Department of Pharmacy, Evelina London Children's Hospital Part of Guy's and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London SE1 7EH, UK; richard.goodwin1{at}gstt.nhs.uk

Abstract

Asthma is a common, complex and multifactorial respiratory condition affecting a significant number of children within the UK. Recent department of health reports and national guidance has highlighted that healthcare professionals have a poor understanding of asthma treatments and are failing to provide patients with basic care. This article aims to explore some of the reasons why the use of inhalers is inadequate and discusses the research surrounding the reported knowledge of healthcare professionals’ ability to counsel on inhaler devices. We hope the article will help clinicians explore their understanding of how to administer commonly prescribed inhaler devices, provide useful general and simple steps for inhaler counselling and act as a prompt to review personal competence and confidence in counselling on inhaler devices.

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