O5.2 Inhaler adherence

A systematic review comprising predominantly retrospective database studies which measured prescription refill adherence with one to two year follow-up of patients with COPD found increased hospitalizations, mortality, poor quality of life and loss of productivity among non-adherent patients (van Boven 2014) [evidence level III-2].

The National Asthma Council of Australia’s Australian Asthma Management Handbook contains further information about adherence: http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/management/adherence.