Switching COPD patients from the disposable to the new reusable Respimat® Soft Mist Inhaler: a real-world study from Switzerland

Anne Tschacher, Cordula Cadus, Sebastian Schildge, Jens Peter Diedrich, Prashant N. Chhajed, Anne B. Leuppi-Taegtmeyer, Jörg Daniel Leuppi
2021 figshare.com  
The aims of the survey were to assess first experiences of Swiss COPD patients switching from the disposable to the new reusable Respimat® inhaler, and to evaluate physicians´ and patients´ views of the new training material. Patients with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD using a disposable Respimat® inhaler for at least three months were included. Patients´ demographics, COPD stage, current treatment, and comorbidities relevant for the handling of the device were assessed. Further, patients were
more » ... rained on the reusable Respimat® by placebo inhaler, patient brochure, video cards/demo films and SMS reminder service. After at least one cartridge change, patients gave comprehensive feedback on their satisfaction with the reusable Respimat® and physicians evaluated the need for re-training. 235 patients participated in the survey. Of these, 37% suffered from comorbidities restricting the handling of the Respimat®. 216 (92%) patients had a better overall satisfaction with the reusable than with the disposable Respimat®. Dose counter (86%), monthly preparation (81%) and daily handling (77%) were also assessed as better by most of the patients. In 80% of cases, the user ability was stated as better than for the disposable Respimat®. Less than 15% of the patients required further training. Placebo inhaler was the mostly preferred training material by both, physicians (in 86% of the patients) and patients (75%). In patients with comorbidities affecting inhaler handling, overall satisfaction was also better in 85.9% of the patients. The majority of patients were satisfied with the new reusable Respimat® device and proper handling could be attained using the provided training material, even in patients with restricting comorbidities.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.16444850.v1 fatcat:jdnrnoxiy5fznauyiih7fatyie