By Margaux Boyaval
A recent article in Futurity quotes study findings that three out of four kids and teens with asthma have trouble using inhalers properly and only one in four gets it completely right.
Could inhalers benefit from earlier usability testing? The study’s leader, Betsy Sleath, included 296 patients aged eight to 16 using four different devices, three of which deliver medication, one of which is a need assessment device. The top scoring drug delivery device, Advair’s diskus, had the high score with just 21.9 percent of participants able to perform all steps correctly.