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Many different inhalers are available for delivering aerosol therapy in respiratory medicine. As a consequence, the prescribing physicians may have some difficulty tailoring the most suitable inhaler to each patient. This multicenter, observational study using a self-administered questionnaire analyzed the characteristics of a large sample of patients (n =(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) remains a major cause of disease and death. We evaluated the levels of care, the outcome and the characteristics of hospitalised patients with CAP in a primary hospital in Italy. We also investigated the value of both the Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI) and the modified Appropriateness Evaluation Protocol(More)
Proper inhaler technique is crucial for effective management of asthma and COPD. This multicentre, cross-sectional, observational study investigates the prevalence of inhaler mishandling in a large population of experienced patients referring to chest clinics; to analyze the variables associated with misuse and the relationship between inhaler handling and(More)
BACKGROUND Pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs) are often poorly used, but little information is available concerning use of the newer dry powder inhalers (DPIs). OBJECTIVE To estimate the inhalation technique and variables associated with the misuse of pMDIs and newer DPIs in clinical practice. METHODS A multicenter, observational survey was used(More)
BACKGROUND Many surveys throughout the world have evaluated the smoking behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes of medical students, but no information is available from Albania. METHOD A cross-sectional survey in classroom settings using a self-administered questionnaire was performed at the University of Tirana during October 2000. RESULTS In the first and(More)
Patients with asthma and COPD commonly use inhaled drugs. The 3 types of currently available devices for inhaled therapy (Metered-dose inhaler, dry powder inhaler, and nebulizer) are clinically equivalent. However, since many different inhalers are available for inhaled therapy, the choice of the delivery device is important for optimizing the results of(More)
A significant number of older asthmatics, more often than in previous ages, have poorly controlled asthma, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. On the other hand, current guidelines suggest that most asthmatics can obtain achievement and maintenance of disease control and do not include sections specific to the management of asthma in the elderly(More)
BACKGROUND Inhaler mishandling is a common issue among patients suffering from asthma and is associated with poor clinical outcomes and greater consumption of health-care resources. Ease of use can improve inhaler technique and, possibly, patients' preference for their inhaler device, which in turn may lead to better adherence to therapy. METHODS This(More)
Inhalers and nebulisers are devices used for delivering aerosolised drugs in subjects with Chronic Airflow Obstruction (CAO). This multicentre, cross-sectional observational study was performed in a large population of outpatients with CAO regularly using home aerosol therapy and referring to chest clinics. The aims of the study were to compare the(More)
BACKGROUND The adherence to the prescribed oxygen therapy is difficult to obtain for patients on long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT). There is little information on the modalities of oxygen utilisation for patients on LTOT who are using liquid oxygen in real life. STUDY OBJECTIVE Evaluation of the behaviour and the knowledge regarding LTOT in a large group of(More)