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Pharmacists' training to improve inhaler technique of patients with COPD in Vietnam

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, June 2018
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Title
Pharmacists' training to improve inhaler technique of patients with COPD in Vietnam
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International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, June 2018
DOI 10.2147/copd.s163826
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Tu-Son Nguyen, Thi Lien Huong Nguyen, Thi Thuy Van Pham, Susan Hua, Quy Chau Ngo, Shu Chuen Li

Abstract

Incorrect use of inhalers is very common and subsequently leads to poor control of COPD. Among health care providers, pharmacists are in the best position to educate patients about the correct use of inhaler devices. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of pharmacist-led training on the improvement of inhaler technique for COPD patients in Vietnam. For this pre- and post-intervention study, standardized checklists of correct use of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) and dry powder inhalers (DPIs) were used to evaluate the inhaler technique. A scoring system (maximum score =8) was applied before and after training to guarantee assessment uniformity among pharmacists. Three methods including "face-to-face training", "teach-back" and "technique reminder label" were used. After the baseline evaluation (T0), the inhaler technique was reassessed after 1 month (T1), 3 months (T2), 6 months (T3) and 12 months (T4). A total of 211 COPD patients participated in the study. Before the training, a high rate of errors was recorded. After the training, the percentage of patients using MDIs and DPIs perfectly increased significantly (p<0.05). The mean technique score for MDIs and DPIs improved from 6.0 (T0) to 7.5 (T3) and 6.9 (T4) and 6.7 (T0) to 7.6 (T3) and 7.2 (T4), respectively (p<0.05). The average training time was 6 minutes (T0) and 3 minutes (T3), respectively. Pharmacist-led comprehensive inhaler technique intervention program using an unbiased and simple scoring system can significantly improve the inhaler techniques in COPD patients. Our results indicated a 3-month period as the optimal time period between training and retraining for maintaining the correct inhaler technique. The training would be highly feasible and suitable for implementing in the clinical setting. Our model of pharmacist-led training should be considered as an effective solution for managing COPD patients and better utilization of health care human resources, especially in a developing country like Vietnam.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 24 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 7 29%
Student > Master 4 17%
Lecturer 3 13%
Other 2 8%
Student > Bachelor 2 8%
Other 6 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 7 29%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 25%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 13%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 8%
Other 2 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 October 2018.
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#8,234,012
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Outputs from International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
#1,007
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#152,144
of 270,488 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
#33
of 56 outputs
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