Asthma control: Importance of compliance and inhaler technique assessments

Sawsan Baddar, B. Jayakrishnan*, Omar A. Al-Rawas

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Objectives: The available assessment tools to determine asthma control do not include components assessing factors that may directly affect control. Our aim was to evaluate the relationship between patient compliance, inhaler technique and the level of asthma control. Methods: Scores from the Asthma Control Test, individual inhaler device checklists and a novel questionnaire on the patient's medication regimen were used to measure control, inhaler technique and compliance, respectively, in patients with asthma attending Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat, Oman during a 3-month period. Results: All of the 218 patients were receiving inhaled steroids, either in combination with long-Acting beta agonists (86.2%) or alone. Asthma control was good in 92 (42.2%) patients; with 38 males (50%) and 54 females (38%), respectively (p=0.059). Compliance and inhaler technique were poor in 40.8% (89) and 18.3% (40) of the patients. 60% (36) of the patients with good and 59.4% (41) with partial compliance had good control while 83.1% (74) with poor compliance had poor control (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-434
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Asthma control
  • Compliance
  • Inhaler technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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