Inhalation devices in COPD Management

  • Author / Creator
    Romaniuk Verge, Kathy
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is expected to become the third most common cause of mortality in the world (GOLD Committee, 2009). COPD management continues to play a large role in everyday medical practice and inhalation therapy will continue to be a mainstay of COPD treatment. Very little is known about how prescribers choose drug-delivery devices for their clients with COPD. This study examined the current practice related to COPD inhalation devices among physicians working in a small rural community hospital. . Results showed that the most frequently prescribed device for patients was a DPI in the community setting and that nebulizers are most commonly prescribed in the emergency department. Physicians reported various factors that they consider when prescribing an inhalation device; ease of use for the patient, disease severity, cost to the patient, and therapeutic response. Physicians expressed that disease severity as the most important factor.

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    Master of Nursing
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    University of Alberta
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    • Faculty of Nursing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Ross, Carolyn (Nursing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • William, Beverly (Nursing)
    • Wong, Eric (Medicine)