SESSION TITLE: COPD Diagnosis & Evaluation Posters
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Older adults may face a variety of obstacles (comorbid conditions, physical challenges, or mental challenges) to the accurate use of dry powder inhalers (DPIs). The effectiveness of DPIs therapy education in the elderly patients has rarely been formally evaluated.
METHODS: Newly diagnosed twenty nine patients with asthma or COPD were instructed two times on proper DPIs (diskus or turbuhaler) usage with 30 days intervals. The effectiveness of education was scored by using a inhaler specific checklist (12 items) after each education. We compared the scores of elderly patients and controls.
RESULTS: Total practical performance scores after first education were not different in each group (11.1±0.7 vs 10.2±2.1, P=0.185). Total practical performance scores of elderly patients after second education were high than controls (9.8±1.3 vs 10.9±0.5, P=0.023). Major practical performance scores after first education were not different in each group (4.0±0.0 vs 3.8±0.8, P=0.291). Major practical performance scores after second education were not different in each group (3.75±0.5 vs 4.0±0.0, P=0.098).
CONCLUSIONS: The effectiveness of DPIs therapy education in the elderly patients is similar to the young patients.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: The elderly patients could use DPIs effectively similar to the young age patients by optimal education.
DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Jaehyung Lee, Sang-Hoon Kim, Byoung Hoon Lee
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