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Medical News & Perspectives
December 12, 2007

Education Key to Treating Airway Disease

JAMA. 2007;298(22):2601-2608. doi:10.1001/jama.298.22.2601

Chicago—Only 1 in 3 patients who have dry powder inhalers use these products correctly, and many of these individuals never received adequate instruction on how to operate the devices, according to a study presented in October at CHEST 2007, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians.

The study was one of a handful of those presented at the meeting that emphasized the importance of education for clinicians and their patients to ensure that the latter receive appropriate and effective therapy. Other presentations included findings from a study on the prophylactic use of inhaled corticosteroids in rescue workers exposed to particulate matter at the World Trade Center site after the September 11, 2001, attacks and a survey indicating that many collegiate athletic programs do not follow clinical guidelines for asthma care, especially programs that do not have a pulmonologist on staff.