Watt - Improving adherence (Funhaler)

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    • Aim:
      • To see if using a FUNHALER can improve children's ADHERENCE to taking medication for ASTHMA.
    • Methodology:
      • FIELD/QUASI experiment. SELF-REPORTS used to measure adherence. REPEATED measures design.
        • Participants spent 1 WEEK using the normal pMDI inhaler and 1 week using the Funhaler. Untitled
    • Participants:
      • 32 children (10 MALE, 22 FEMALE, age range of 1.5-6 years, mean age of 3.2 years). Average duration of asthma of 2.2 years).
    • Procedure:
      • Each child was given the Breath-a-tech for 1 WEEK. Parents given a QUESTIONNAIRE to complete. In the 2nd week, children used the FUNHALER + parents given another questionnaire with matched questions.
    • Findings:
      • 38% MORE parents medicated their children the previous day with the FUNHALER in comparison to the existing treatment.
    • Conclusion:
      • The SPINNER and WHISTLE works well as a REINFORCER to children with asthma and helps to IMPROVE adherence.
        • The use of a FUNHALER does IMPROVE adherence to ASTHMA medication.


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