Brian Carlin (Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants LLC, and Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates, Pittsburgh, PA, US), a valued member of our Editorial Board, discusses patient and physician perspectives on inhalation devices for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the need for ongoing education.
Questions1. Could you tell us a little about the findings of the recent American Thoracic Society (ATS) survey regarding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients' understanding of their disease and how to correctly use their devices? (0:10)
2. Among patients, what were the preferred devices for COPD management? (1:30)
3. What unmet needs were identified by patients? And what were the findings of the ATS survey of pulmonologists' perception of their knowledge and practices with delivery devices for COPD management? (1:57)
4. How can we improve education for patients and pulmonologists in these areas? (3:32)
ReferencesDhand R, Mahler DA, Carlin BW, Hanania NA, et al. Results of a Patient Survey Regarding COPD Knowledge, Treatment Experiences, and Practices With Inhalation Devices. Respir Care. 2018;63:833–39.
Braman SS, Carlin BW, Hanania NA, Mahler DA, et al. Results of a Pulmonologist Survey Regarding Knowledge and Practices With Inhalation Devices for COPD. Respir Care. 2018;63:840–48.
Speaker disclosure: Brian Carlin is on the executive committee for the National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP), a non-profit organisation.
Filmed at the CHEST Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, US, October 2018.