Recommendation ID

Monitoring adherence to treatment:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of using electronic alert systems designed to monitor and improve adherence with regular inhaled maintenance therapy in people with asthma?

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Why this is important:- Adherence with regular maintenance inhaled corticosteroids, on their own or in combination with long-acting beta agonists, is of paramount importance to achieve control of asthma and prevent asthma attacks. Published evidence in patients with severe asthma suggests that at least 30% of patients are partially or non-adherent with their prescribed medications, and the Royal College of Physicians' National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) demonstrated that poor adherence was associated with 38% of asthma deaths.

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