|What is the proposed research about?
||Asthma patient ignorance of best practice in relation to taking their prescribe drugs – why they are taking the drugs, how they work, when they should take them, how and how often …
|What is it trying to find out or achieve?
||Improve patient care
|How will it go about doing that?
||A randomised controlled trial in which all asthmatics in the Uk (or globally) are invited to sign up to a trial in which some are given, over a period of x months, reminders about asthma and their drug taking regime.
|What will we learn from it and why was it worth learning?
||That a significant percentage of asthmatics who have been prescribed an inhaled steroid (preventer medicine) to take twice daily are failing to do so, simply because they don’t see the need to do so unless they are feeling wheazy (a misconception, it should be taken regardless) or they allow their inhalers to run on empty for some time before being aware of this. That a significant percentage of asthmatics, probably largely the same group as above, misuse their reliever inhaler a) taking it too often b) not correctly inhaling so that drug ends up lining their mouth rather than entering their lungs. Taking the right dosage of inhaled steroid, as prescribed, in the correct manner, is likely to reduce need for the reliever inhaler to nil and will result in less long term damage being done to the lining of the lungs. It will improve patient outcomes, reduce the use of inhibitors and reduce hospital visits or overnights where a person has suffered an avoidable asthma attack.