BreatheSuite Research Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research

BreatheSuite Research Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research

Brett Vokey, Founder and CEO, and Dr. Meshari F. Alwashmi, Chief Science Officer, BreatheSuite

Digital applications that assess inhaled medications are becoming increasingly important for managing chronic lung diseases. These applications have the potential to improve health outcomes while reducing healthcare costs. Digital health applications, such as the BreatheSuite Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI) device, have the potential to improve the technique and adherence of inhaled medications, as the majority of medications used in treating asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are taken through MDIs. Studies show that most patients demonstrate poor inhaler technique, which has resulted in poor disease control.

A research study was recently conducted to validate the effectiveness of the BreatheSuite MDI device in assessing the technique of taking a dose via an MDI. The blinded study included 30 participants from Newfoundland and Labrador who self-reported a diagnosis of asthma or COPD. Participants used a BreatheSuite MDI device attached to a placebo MDI and took three mock doses, which were recorded by the BreatheSuite MDI device. Pharmacists also observed the participants' use of their MDI device and used a scoring sheet to evaluate their MDI technique.

The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research: Biomedical Engineering, found that the BreatheSuite MDI device can objectively detect several errors in the MDI technique that are missed by observation alone. An independent research team compared the results of the BreatheSuite MDI data against that of the pharmacists scoring sheet to determine error detection in MDI usage. Results show that the BreatheSuite MDI device captured 68.3% of errors made by participants compared to only 28.6% of errors caught by pharmacist observation alone.

‍Click here to read the full study. Reach out to the BreatheSuite team to learn more about howthe BreatheSuite MDI device can benefit your patient population.

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