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The drug treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is mainly based on inhaled therapy. This route of administration is limited by inhaler handling errors, insufficient inspiratory flow or inappropriate inhalers. According to the scientific literature, these limitations are extremely common in both outpatients and inpatients. Our hypothesis is that the implementation of a standardised and systematic assessment of inhalers combined with a prescribing guide to help select a suitable inhaler will decrease the proportion of suboptimally used inhalers at discharge in patients hospitalised with a diagnosis of COPD. To assess the effectiveness of our intervention, the investigators will compare the proportion of inhalers used suboptimally at hospital discharge between a control cohort before the implementation of our intervention and a cohort after the implementation of our intervention. Secondary outcomes include reasons for sub-optimal use of inhalers, i.e. inhaler handling errors, insufficient peak inspiratory flow or inappropriate inhaler. Secondary outcomes will also include length of hospital stay and 30-day readmission rate.

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NCT number NCT05207631
Study type Interventional
Source Hôpital Fribourgeois
Status Completed
Phase N/A
Start date March 1, 2022
Completion date January 24, 2023

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