Asthma Medication

Friday, March 19, 2010

Many asthma patients with poorly controlled asthma do not take their medications as prescribed. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at asthma medication compliance in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Researchers in the United Kingdom found that in about a third of cases, poor compliance with treatment was a major factor in difficult-to-treat asthma.

In this country, 30,000 people have asthma attacks every day, 1,000 asthma patients are admitted to hospitals and 11 people die of the respiratory disease.

Poor treatment compliance has long been recognized as a significant issue in the management of asthma, but the scope of the problem is not well understood because objective measurement is difficult.

In the study, researchers assessed compliance with treatment in 180 consecutive patients attending a clinic specializing in difficult-to-treat asthma.

Among patients prescribed a maintenance course of oral steroid, the blood analysis showed that nearly half were not taking their medication as prescribed. And more than half of these patients were also noncompliant with their inhaled treatment.

Patients may intentionally fail to take their medications because they are bothered by side effects or underestimate the seriousness of their disease.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.