What is it about?

When faced with poorly managed symptoms a clinician's first reaction is often to add another element to the treatment plan. However, this process can compromise other aspects of a patient's self-management. Proper adherence to inhaled medication should always be made a priority discussion with patients over the addition of new medications.

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Why is it important?

Address the root cause of poorly controlled asthma means considering all factors that could be impacting a patient's care. This includes a patient's adherence to already prescribed inhaled medication.


We should always be open to new strategies that allow us to address the optimal use of essential inhaled controller medication in asthma both patient's use and provider's prescription.

Professor Kenneth R Chapman
University of Toronto

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This page is a summary of: Trust but Verify, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology In Practice, December 2021, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaip.2021.09.016.
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