Reliever inhalers linked to poor asthma control
Relying too much on reliever inhalers is a key factor in poor asthma control and patients needing hospital treatment, an Australian study shows.
About 40% of asthma patients rely on a reliever inhaler rather than using a preventer, according to a national survey of almost 3000 patients.
Almost one in four of these patients required emergency treatment for asthma in the previous year.
According to findings published in BMJ Open, 70% of the patients seeking urgent healthcare had poorly controlled asthma, with 26% relying on reliever inhalers despite