Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Validation of scores of use of inhalation devices: valoration of errors

Validação de escores de uso de dispositivos para inalação: valoração dos erros cometidos

Letícia Zambelli-Simões1, Maria Cleusa Martins2, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha Possari3, Greice Borges Carvalho4, Ana Carla Carvalho Coelho5, Sonia Lucena Cipriano6, Regina Maria de Carvalho-Pinto7, Alberto Cukier7, Rafael Stelmach7

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(4):313-322

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Objective: To validate two scores quantifying the ability of patients to use metered dose inhalers (MDIs) or dry powder inhalers (DPIs); to identify the most common errors made during their use; and to identify the patients in need of an educational program for the use of these devices. Methods: This study was conducted in three phases: validation of the reliability of the inhaler technique scores; validation of the contents of the two scores using a convenience sample; and testing for criterion validation and discriminant validation of these instruments in patients who met the inclusion criteria. Results: The convenience sample comprised 16 patients. Interobserver disagreement was found in 19% and 25% of the DPI and MDI scores, respectively. After expert analysis on the subject, the scores were modified and were applied in 72 patients. The most relevant difficulty encountered during the use of both types of devices was the maintenance of total lung capacity after a deep inhalation. The degree of correlation of the scores by observer was 0.97 (p < 0.0001). There was good interobserver agreement in the classification of patients as able/not able to use a DPI (50%/50% and 52%/58%; p < 0.01) and an MDI (49%/51% and 54%/46%; p < 0.05). Conclusions: The validated scores allow the identification and correction of inhaler technique errors during consultations and, as a result, improvement in the management of inhalation devices.

 


Keywords: Asthma; Dry powder inhalers; Metered dose inhalers; Validation studies.

 


 

 


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