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Watt et al

  1. 1. Watt et al. <br />Improving adherence to taking medication for asthma. <br />
  2. 2. Aim<br /> To see if using a Funhaler cam improve children’s adherence to taking medication for asthma. <br />
  3. 3. Methodology<br /> A filed experiment, although as it involves children with asthma it can also qualify as a quasi-experiment. The experiment sets up two conditions, then uses self-report to measure adherence rates.<br />
  4. 4. Participants<br /> 32 Australian children (10 boys and 22 females) aged 1.5 to 6 years with a mean age of 3.2 years. They has all been diagnosed with asthma and prescribed drugs delivered by pressurised metered dose inhaler (pMDI). The parents gave unformed consent. <br />
  5. 5. Design<br /> A repeated measures design as each participant has one week using a normal pMDI inhaler then on week using the Funhaler. <br />
  6. 6. Procedure<br /> Each child was given a pMDI to use for one week, and the parents were given a questionnaire to complete. The second week, the children used a Funhaler, and the parents were given a questionnaire with matched questions at the end of the second week. <br />The Funhaler has incentive toys (spinner and whistle) which function best when the child uses the deep breathing pattern that ensures the effective inhalation of the medication. <br />
  7. 7. Findings<br /> 38% of more parents were found to have medicated their children the previous day when using the Funhaler, compared to the existing treatment. <br />
  8. 8. Conclusions<br /> Previous research has given reasons for non-adherence in children with asthma, such as boredom, forgetfulness and apathy. The Funhaler set out to remedy this by reinforcing correct usage of the inhaler with a spinner and a whistle. This sis improve adherence to the medication. So by making the medical regime fun, adherence, certainly in children, cam be improved. <br />

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