Promoting Treatment Adherence provides health care providers with a comprehensive set of information and strategies for understanding and promoting treatment adherence across a wide range of treatment types and clinical populations. The information is presented in a practical how-to manner, and is intended as a resource that practitioners can draw from to improve skills in promoting treatment adherence. 

Adherence Challenges in Asthma Treatment

Adherence challenges in asthma treatment
Susan D.Schaffer

Asthma is a clinical disorder characterized by chronic airway inflammation, episodic wheezing, hyperresponsiveness of airways to a variety of stimuli, and largely reversible obstruction of airways (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2001). In 1997, 26.7 million Americans reported having received a physician diagnosis of asthma at some point, representing an increase in prevalence of 73% since 1980; 11 million reported experiencing an attack within the past year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2002). Continuing asthma morbidity for adults is also evident in the increasing number of outpatient and emergency visits for asthma, in the work-absence days related to asthma that more than doubled between 1980 and 1996, and in the increasing ...

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