Kids with asthma need more help with inhalers, study shows

Researchers led by Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy studied 296 North Carolina patients aged 8 to 16 years old who used four different devices to manage their asthma.

Only 8.1 percent of children in the study performed all of the metered-dose inhaler steps correctly.

"It is crucial that health-care providers not only show a child how to use an inhaler correctly but also have the child demonstrate the device in front of a physician or pharmacist," Sleath said.

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