Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Brief vs. teach-to-goal interventions in teaching patients with COPD to use inhalers

What is the comparative effectiveness of brief interventions to teach patients respiratory inhaler use (e.g., verbal and written instructions) vs. teach-to-goal interventions (brief interventions plus demonstration of correct technique, patient teach-back, feedback, and repeat instruction if needed) on respiratory inhaler technique and patient-reported outcomes (symptom frequency, activities of daily living, quality of life, sleep quality, exacerbations)?

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? Compelling Question (CQ)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC

Respiratory inhalers come in a staggering array of types, contents, and methods of use. It is not uncommon for the COPD patient to use two or more types of inhalers each day. The misuse of the application of these devices is rampant, due to confusion, forgetfulness, or lack of proper education in their use. If multiple inhalers are used by the patient, many of them must be used in a particular order, and the inhalation methods may will be vastly different.
Understanding on the part of the patient and/or caregiver begins with the initial instruction in the use of inhalers by medical personnel. They must find, and use, methods of instruction that are understandable and retainable by the patient.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC

The study of comparing the two type of instruction is entirely feasible, while the challenges lie with studying a large enough sample of patients to encompass the ranges of COPD stages, mental capacity, and degree of compliance of the patients.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Jim Nelson - Patient, Arizona State Advocacy Captain

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