International Journal Of Occupational Health and Public Health Nursing

Assessment of quality of life and the effective use of inhaled bronchodilator medication by patients, suffering from asthma Quality of life & Asthma

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    According to World Health Organization, asthma is considered to be a disease, which is suffered from 100-150 million people. ?he assessment of the quality of patients’ life who suffered from chronic asthma and their conformity to the proper use and technique of inhaled bronchodilator medications. 150 patients, from 18 to 75 years old, who suffered from chronic asthma participated and Greek was their native language. Two questionnaires were used, referred to the knowledge of patients on how to use inhaled bronchodilator medications which was created by the researcher according to the literature review and the second one was the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire which assessed the health-related quality of patients’ life. Factor analysis was performed. The first main factor of the first group of variables “how to use a bronchodilator device” was statistically significant (p<0.001) and correlated with the two main factors of the second group of variables “degree of restriction or feeling symptoms of asthma and time sense of fear, anxiety, frustration due to asthma symptoms”. The second factor in the first group of variables “easy preparation and bronchodilator use cortisone device-content” was statistically significant (p<0.001) with the two main factors of the second group of variables “degree of restriction or feeling of the symptoms of asthma and chronic sense of fear, anxiety, frustration due to asthma symptoms”. The proper use of inhaled bronchodilator medications by patients suffering from asthma is directly related to the quality of life as it affects their daily life. So it would be necessary health professionals to develop instruments and methods to deal with this public health issue, so as to train patients, who suffer from chronic asthma, as regards to the proper technique and the use of inhaled bronchodilators.

     

    Keywords: quality of life, asthma, bronchodilator medications, proper technique.