Work has continued between the team at MOIC and a QUB spin out company (Continga Limited) to trial a novel system for improving medicines adherence in those with respiratory diseases (e.g. asthma, TB). Using the system, clinicians can observe their patients as they use inhaled medication with a view to improving how such devices are used. A quality improvement pilot for use of this technology with adult asthma patients in the Western Health and Social Care Trust has been completed and a final MOIC evaluation report compiled. A manuscript is currently being prepared for submission to an academic journal.
The project found that the v-DOT technology was a feasible method of assessing inhaler technique and monitoring adherence in a small group of adult asthma patients managed in an outpatient setting.
A range of positive impacts for patients and clinicians were reported. A number of unexpected technical challenges were experienced and resolved and it was concluded that resource and clear communication channels are required to support this innovative approach to asthma management.