What are the pros and cons of electronically monitoring inhaler use in asthma?: a multistakeholder perspective

Howard, Sam and Lang, Alexandra. R. and Sharples, Sarah and Shaw, Dominick E. (2016) What are the pros and cons of electronically monitoring inhaler use in asthma?: a multistakeholder perspective. BMJ Open Respiratory Research, 3 (1). e000159/1-e000159/10. ISSN 2052-4439

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Electronic monitoring devices (EMDs) are the optimal method for collecting objective data on inhaler use in asthma. Recent research has investigated the attitudes of patients with asthma towards these devices. However, no research to date has formally considered the opinions of stakeholders and decision-makers in asthma care. These individuals have important clinical requirements that need to be taken into account if EMDs are to be successfully provisioned, making collecting their opinions on the key barriers facing these devices a valuable process.


Three rounds of surveys in a Delphi format were used to assess the most important pros and cons of EMDs for asthma care in a sample of 31 stakeholders which included healthcare professionals and members of clinical commissioning groups.


The respondents identified 29 pros and 32 cons. Pros that were rated as most important included new visual evidence to aid clinical discussions with a patient and an increase in patient involvement and motivation. The cons that were rated as most important included a need for more clinical evidence of the effectiveness of EMDs, as well as better clarity over who has responsibilities in managing, interpreting and discussing data with a patient.


The research provides a guide for EMD developers by highlighting where these devices may provide the most benefit as well as prioritising the key issues that need addressing if they are to be used effectively in everyday asthma care.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Respiratory Medicine
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjresp-2016-000159
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 09:11
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 12:38
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39833

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