Journal article

Optimal management of asthma.in elderly patients - Strategies to improve adherence to recommended interventions

Dianne P Goeman, Jo A Douglass

Drugs & Aging | ADIS INT LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Adherence to asthma medications presents a problem in all age groups, and older people with chronic illnesses such as asthma also have multiple co-morbidities and consequently complex healthcare needs. It has been suggested that older people are also less likely to adhere to medication and treatment than younger people. Although the prevalence of asthma in older people is similar to that of the general population, over two-thirds of those who die from asthma are >50 years of age and there is strong evidence for under-diagnosis. Clinicians therefore face specific challenges in providing healthcare with respect to both asthma diagnosis and treatment in older age groups. Non-adherence to medica..

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