Key learning points
- Rates of non-adherence to inhalers are high among patients with asthma and/or COPD so adherence should be assessed routinely to determine whether they need support
- Healthcare professionals should be non-judgemental when discussing adherence with patients
- Finding out a patient’s beliefs about using medication is a starting point for shared decision making to help improve adherence
- A patient’s inhaler technique should be reviewed and corrected at every opportunity, and whenever a new device is prescribed
- The patient’s preferences and health literacy should be considered when delivering information and formulating action plans
- The patient’s medication should be optimised to limit side effects, simplify administration and avoid confusion
This educational site for healthcare professionals has been initiated and funded by Teva.