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A Sicras-Mainar, S Traseira-Lugilde, T Fernández-Sánchez, R Navarro-Artieda
OBJECTIVE: To determine the persistence, exacerbations, and use of resources in patients who use inhaler treatment with fluticasone propionate/formoterol (PF/Form) in relation with other combinations of inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting β-adrenergic (ICS/LABA) at fixed doses, for the treatment of asthma in real-life practice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Observational study conducted by reviewing medical records. The study included subjects ≥18 years of age who started treatment with ICS/LABA and who met certain inclusion/exclusion criteria...
March 12, 2018: Semergen
Yuan Cao, Shi-Hua Lin, Ding Zhu, Feng Xu, Zhi-Hua Chen, Hua-Hao Shen, Wen Li
BACKGROUND WeChat is a convenient and popular social medium, and it seems to be an appropriate platform for education and management of patients. This study sought to identify usefulness in clinical control of cough-variant asthma (CVA). MATERIAL AND METHODS A randomized controlled trial was conducted among 80 CVA patients. After being assigned to either the traditional group (TG) or the WeChat group (WG), they received the same inhalation therapy, but patients in WG received additional education and instruction via our public account on the WeChat application...
March 14, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Celeste Porsbjerg, Charlotte Ulrik, Tina Skjold, Vibeke Backer, Birger Laerum, Sverre Lehman, Crister Janson, Thomas Sandstrøm, Leif Bjermer, Barbro Dahlen, Bo Lundbäck, Dora Ludviksdottir, Unnur Björnsdóttir, Alan Altraja, Lauri Lehtimäki, Paula Kauppi, Jussi Karjalainen, Hannu Kankaanranta
Although a minority of asthma patients suffer from severe asthma, they represent a major clinical challenge in terms of poor symptom control despite high-dose treatment, risk of exacerbations, and side effects. Novel biological treatments may benefit patients with severe asthma, but are expensive, and are only effective in appropriately targeted patients. In some patients, symptoms are driven by other factors than asthma, and all patients with suspected severe asthma ('difficult asthma') should undergo systematic assessment, in order to differentiate between true severe asthma, and 'difficult-to-treat' patients, in whom poor control is related to factors such as poor adherence or co-morbidities...
2018: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
Barbara P Yawn, Peter C Wollan, Matthew A Rank, Susan L Bertram, Young Juhn, Wilson Pace
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess patient and practice outcomes after introducing the Asthma APGAR (Activities, Persistent, triGGers, Asthma medications, Response to therapy) tools into primary care practices. METHODS: We used a pragmatic cluster-randomized controlled design in 18 US family medicine and pediatric practices to compare outcomes in patients with persistent asthma aged 5 to 45 years after introduction of the Asthma APGAR tools vs usual care...
March 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
Yo Seino, Takashi Hasegawa, Toshiyuki Koya, Takuro Sakagami, Ichiro Mashima, Natsue Shimizu, Yoshiyuki Muramatsu, Kumiko Muramatsu, Eiichi Suzuki, Toshiaki Kikuchi
Objective Whether or not depression affects the control or severity of asthma is unclear. We performed a cluster analysis of asthma patients with depressive symptoms to clarify their characteristics. Methods and subjects Multiple medical institutions in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, were surveyed in 2014. We recorded the age, disease duration, body mass index (BMI), medications, and surveyed asthma control status and severity, as well as depressive symptoms and adherence to treatment using questionnaires. A hierarchical cluster analysis was performed on the group of patients assessed as having depression...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Umakanth Katwa, Estefania Rivera
Asthma is the most common chronic pediatric condition. Effective asthma management requires a proactive and inclusive approach that controls the patient's symptoms and prevents recurrence of exacerbations. Clinicians should encourage patients to become involved in their management since self-management approaches have proven to be an effective means for chronic illness treatment. Novel forms of self-monitoring and management are technological interventions. In the last decade, novel technology has been developed and used to improve asthma control since it is a powerful agent that addresses a variety of challenges in chronic disease management such as education, communication and adherence...
March 10, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Joy Lee, Tunn Ren Tay, Naghmeh Radhakrishna, Fiona Hore-Lacy, Anna Mackay, Ryan Hoy, Eli Dabscheck, Robyn O'Hehir, Mark Hew
Non-adherence to inhaled preventers impairs asthma control. Electronic monitoring devices (EMD) can objectively measure adherence. Their use has not been reported in difficult asthma patients potentially suitable for novel therapies, i.e. biologics and bronchial thermoplasty.Consecutive patients with difficult asthma were assessed for eligibility for novel therapies. Medication adherence, defined as taking 75% or more of prescribed doses, was assessed by EMD and compared to standardised clinician assessment over an eight week period...
March 8, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Katharine C Pike, Melika Akhbari, Dylan Kneale, Katherine M Harris
BACKGROUND: Asthma exacerbations in school-aged children peak in autumn, shortly after children return to school following the summer holiday. This might reflect a combination of risk factors, including poor treatment adherence, increased allergen and viral exposure, and altered immune tolerance. Since this peak is predictable, interventions targeting modifiable risk factors might reduce exacerbation-associated morbidity and strain upon health resources. The peak occurs in September in the Northern Hemisphere and in February in the Southern Hemisphere...
March 8, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Jennifer Sonney, Kathleen C Insel
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. For children with persistent asthma, asthma control is largely related to controller medication adherence. With increasing calls for children to be involved in their own asthma management, there is a gap in our knowledge about the executive functioning of children with asthma. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between executive function, asthma, and medication adherence among school-age children with asthma...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Brenda Barnes, Ana L Hincapie, Heidi Luder, James Kirby, Stacey Frede, Pamela C Heaton
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of 3 different appointment-based model (ABM) designs on medication adherence and medication use outcomes controlling for patient and pharmacy characteristics. METHODS: This study was a retrospective cohort analysis in a large grocery store chain from January 1, 2012, to October 31, 2015. A total of 500 comparison and 613 intervention patients in 3 different model designs were analyzed. The outcome measures were proportion of days covered for selected medication classes, number of fills, administered vaccinations, number of trips, statin use in persons with diabetes, use of high-risk medications in older adults, and medication therapy for persons with asthma...
March 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Wiebke Fischer, Susanne Brandstetter, Magdalena Brandl, Tamara Finger, Merle M Böhmer, Michael Pfeifer, Christian Apfelbacher
BACKGROUND: Beliefs about medicines are regarded as influencing factors on medication adherence (Horne, 1997). Adherence levels in patients with chronic pulmonary diseases are low (Bourbeau and Bartlett, 2008; Sumino and Cabana, 2013). A better understanding of the predictive role of patients' beliefs about medicines for adherence might be a crucial step to improve medication adherence. OBJECTIVE: This prospective study investigated the association between beliefs about medicines and medication adherence in patients with asthma and COPD...
April 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Niloufar Farzan, Susanne J Vijverberg, Michael Kabesch, Peter J Sterk, Anke H Maitland-van der Zee
Asthma is a complex multifactorial disease and it is the most common chronic disease in children. There is a high variability in response to asthma treatment, even in patients with good adherence to maintenance treatment, and a correct inhalation technique. Distinct underlying disease mechanisms in childhood asthma might be the reason of this heterogeneity. A deeper knowledge of the underlying molecular mechanisms of asthma has led to the recent development of advanced and mechanism-based treatments such as biologicals...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
William J Sanders
Background: Sickle cell trait is usually an asymptomatic presentation of a patient with slightly different hemoglobin molecule makeup than normal. It is similar to a more serious disease, sickle cell disease, in which a person's hemoglobin is mutated in such a way that causes their red blood cells to easily change shape in certain environmental and internal states; this causes red blood cells to adhere to the walls and occlude the lumen of the arteries in which they travel, leading to downstream effects secondary to ischemia...
2018: BMC Hematology
Rebin Kader, Kevin Kennedy, Jay M Portnoy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The use of environmental interventions to improve outcomes in asthmatics has long been an elusive goal. While numerous interventions have been studied, the results of clinical trials have been mixed. This review aims to identify combinations of interventions that have been proven to be effective and to propose a model for using them in a clinical setting. RECENT FINDINGS: An NIH workshop emphasized a need for research to identify effective interventions for reducing indoor exposures and improving asthma outcomes...
February 22, 2018: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Jiangtao Lin, Jie Gao, Kefang Lai, Xin Zhou, Bei He, Jianying Zhou, Changzheng Wang
Asthma affects a large number of patients in China, but comprehensive evaluation of risks associated with poor asthma control in asthmatic patients with nasal diseases was still limited. We conducted this study to provide a comprehensive estimate of asthma control in Chinese asthma patients with combined nasal diseases, to explore the effect of kinds of nasal diseases on the asthma control, and to identify risk factors associated with uncontrolled asthmatic patients with combined nasal diseases. 1756 asthma patients concomitant with nasal diseases aged ≥17 years and representing all regions of mainland China were surveyed...
2018: PloS One
Win Sen Kuan, Simon Craig, Anne-Maree Kelly, Gerben Keijzers, Sharon Klim, Colin A Graham, Peter Jones, Anna Holdgate, Charles Lawoko, Said Laribi
INTRODUCTION: Shortness of breath is a common presenting symptom to the emergency department (ED) that can arise from a myriad of possible diagnoses. Asthma is one of the major causes. OBJECTIVE: To describe the demographic features, clinical characteristics, management and outcomes of adults with an emergency department (ED) diagnosis of asthma who presented to an ED in the Asia Pacific region with a principal symptom of dyspnea. METHODS: Planned sub-study of patients with an ED diagnosis of asthma identified in the Asia, Australia and New Zealand Dyspnoea in Emergency Departments (AANZDEM) study...
February 22, 2018: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Virginia Mirra, Silvia Montella, Francesca Santamaria
BACKGROUND: The primary goal of asthma management is to achieve disease control for reducing the risk of future exacerbations and progressive loss of lung function. Asthma not responding to treatment may result in significant morbidity. In many children with uncontrolled symptoms, the diagnosis of asthma may be wrong or adherence to treatment may be poor. It is then crucial to distinguish these cases from the truly "severe therapy-resistant" asthmatics by a proper filtering process...
February 21, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Luis Pérez de Llano, Abel Pallares Sanmartin, Francisco Javier González-Barcala, Mar Mosteiro-Añón, Dolores Corbacho Abelaira, Raquel Dacal Quintas, María Merino Ventosa
INTRODUCTION: This study was aimed at evaluating whether once-daily regimens (od-r) show benefits in adherence when compared to twice-daily (td-r). METHODS: Prospective, multicenter, 6-month follow-up study with two visits. The main objective was to compare adherence assessed by the electronic prescription refill rate (EPRR) and by the 10-item Test of Adherence to Inhalers (TAI) in patients with od-r and td-r. Suboptimal adherence was defined as TAI < 50 or EPRR ≤ 80%...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Wendy N Gray, Mallory Netz, Andrew McConville, David Fedele, Scott T Wagoner, Megan R Schaefer
OBJECTIVE: To provide a systematic review of correlates of adherence to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in pediatric asthma across the individual, family, community, and healthcare system domains. METHODS: Articles assessing medication adherence in pediatric asthma published from 1997 to 2016 were identified using PsychINFO, Medline, and CINAHL. Search terms included asthma, compliance, self-management, adherence, child, and youth. Search results were limited to articles: 1) published in the US; 2) using a pediatric population (0-25 years old); and 3) presenting original data related to ICS adherence...
February 20, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Chén C Kenyon, Siobhan M Gruschow, William O Quarshie, Heather Griffis, Michelle C Leach, Joseph J Zorc, Tyra C Bryant-Stephens, Victoria A Miller, Chris Feudtner
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of a mobile health, inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) adherence reminder intervention and to characterize adherence trajectories immediately following severe asthma exacerbation in high-risk urban children with persistent asthma. METHODS: Children aged 2-13 with persistent asthma were enrolled in this pilot randomized controlled trial during an asthma emergency department (ED) visit or hospitalization. Intervention arm participants received daily text message reminders for 30 days, and both arms received electronic sensors to measure ICS use...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
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