The role of inhaled bronchodilators and inhaler devices in COPD management
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The role of inhaled bronchodilators and inhaler devices in COPD management

Gerri Kaufman Lecturer in health sciences and continuing professional developmental lead, Department of Health Sciences, University of York

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for the conditions of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Bronchodilator therapy is essential in managing symptoms, reducing exacerbations and improving quality of life. COPD is generally diagnosed and managed in primary care, so practitioners working in general practice and community settings are likely to be involved in the management of patients with COPD. The aim of this article is to increase understanding of how bronchodilators work and of factors that influence the selection of inhaler devices. To encourage best practice, the article also highlights the importance of teaching and monitoring inhaler technique: both are essential to ensuring high standards of care for patients with COPD.

Primary Health Care. 23, 8,33-40. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.10.23.8.33.e788

Correspondence

Gerri.kaufman@york.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 09 May 2013

Accepted: 08 July 2013