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The relationship between patient conditions, device type, and medication efﬁcacy has not been established.
Selected responses from a 127-question, quantitative, web-based, descriptive, cross-sectional survey of 499 patients with COPD in the United States. Survey participants were aged 55 to 74 years, predominantly former smokers, and were randomly chosen from a panel of individuals with self-identified COPD.
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Among COPD patients in the United States:
have a nebulizer at home†
Based on the estimated prevalence of COPD in the US, several million patients use nebulizers on a regular basis4
Over half of COPD patients 45+ years are likely to have coexisting arthritis. 12
“I try to use my inhalers every day like my doctor told me to, but it’s hard to use the inhaler properly. It feels like my symptoms are getting worse.” -Robert
44% of COPD patients self-reported having arthritis. Arthritis or other manual dexterity issues may prevent patients from using inhaler devices properly. Other conditions to be aware of which may limit somebody’s physical ability to use an inhaler include poor coordination, neuromuscular conditions, etc.3,*
Approximately 19% of patients with advanced COPD and ≥60 years of age have impaired inspiratory effort. 13
“I use my maintenance inhalers every day, but I’m still out of breath when I walk. So I’ve been using my rescue medication a lot, which worries me.”-Maria
Inspiratory flow is one of many factors to consider when choosing a delivery device.14
As many as one-third of COPD patients were classified as having either borderline or impaired cognitive functioning. 15,16,17†
“Making sure Susan takes her medicine properly can be a challenge—I wish she could use one type of device where she doesn’t need to coordinate her breath.” -Susan’s husband and caregiver
Cognitive impairments in COPD patients are a common barrier to correct inhaler device administration. It is important to consider the role of the caregiver in the assessment of cognitive decline.3,8,15,*
Only 6% of patients with severe COPD used their inhaler therapy regularly and with correct technique a majority of the time in the month following hospital discharge. 15,*
“I keep ending up back in the hospital and don’t feel in control of my COPD. I lack confidence going home without a nebulizer.”-Ken
It is critical for patients to be assessed for medication and device technique before leaving the hospital.8,16
Many COPD patients are undertreated, and over half do not receive the GOLD recommended maintenance medications. 17,18
“I like taking my COPD medication through a nebulizer, but I am now taking my medicine more frequently, at 4 to 6 times a day. It's tough to do the things I used to do.” -Diane
Patients experiencing a worsening of symptoms on their current therapy may need to be reassessed.14