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Improving adherence to asthma medication:- What are the most clinically and cost-effective strategies to improve medicines adherence in adults, young people and children with asthma who are non-adherent to prescribed medicines?

Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- There is a consensus within the guideline committee and across healthcare professionals that medicines adherence is an important determinant of asthma control, and that non-adherence is a common problem. However, there is a lack of high-quality evidence on methods to improve adherence to asthma medicines. The guideline identified a number of studies focusing on this question, but there was not a strong body of evidence behind any specific intervention strategy. In
addition, the guideline committee had concerns about the applicability of studies that did not report outcomes after a prolonged follow-up and studies that only used self-reported measures to assess adherence. The guideline committee felt further that higher-quality research is needed to recommend specific interventions for this common and significant problem.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management
Date issued
November 2017

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 30/11/2017