How to Use Inhalers app has potential to improve treatment efficacy

Purpose of App Review

To determine the How to Use Inhalers app’s ability to improve patient care.

Introduction

Inhalers are central to the treatment of respiratory disease such as asthma. Unfortunately, the usage of inhalers is not common sense.

Improper technique can adversely affect treatment efficacy, as humourously illustrated on House MD. Can How to Use Inhalers actually improve patient technique and result in better outcomes?

User Interface

How to Use Inhalers teaches several techniques such as the close mouth technique, as well as with a spacer. Each technique is taught utilizing a combination of a learning video and a practice mode.



The videos demonstrate each step clearly. They provide basic repetitive exercises for each step, working on timing and technique. The videos are clearly narrated and enhanced with graphics that clear up any ambiguity.


The practice mode basically consists of playing the learning video simultaneously with a webcam view of oneself. This is done so one can compare their own technique to the video. An innovative touch, even if a little gimmicky.


How to Use Inhalers is really a great premise for an app. It hits on an area of medicine that could be greatly improved upon. The videos are very clear; both healthcare professionals and patients alike will be able to improve their technique with it.

As it is currently free, it is highly recommended to both patients and healthcare professionals who prescribe or work with inhalers in their practice.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Fills an important need
  • Clear narrated videos

Dislikes

  • Innovative practice mode can be slightly gimmicky

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Family medicine residents/physicians, pediatric residents/physicians, internal medicine residents/physicians, pulmonology residents/physicians, emergency medicine residents/physicians, nurses, patients

Conclusions

  • How to Use Inhalers has the potential to increase the efficacy of inhaler treatments. It is recommended for patient teaching and as review material for healthcare providers.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

iTunes Link

Rating: (1 to 5 stars) 4.25 stars
User Interface: 2 – Too many button presses to choose practice mode
Multimedia usage: 5 – Great narrated videos, graphics and front-facing camera use
Price: 5 – Free
Real world applicability: 5 – Addresses an important area

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.

Author:

Darwin Wan

3 Responses to How to Use Inhalers app has potential to improve treatment efficacy

  1. Daniel February 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Is it on the iPhone?

    • Iltifat Husain, MD February 13, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      it is!

  2. Doc C June 13, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    The price is $3.00

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