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Article Type:          ORIGINALARTICLE
Article Title:          Reasons for Refusing Inhalers among patients of Bronchial Asthma & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Author(s) Name:    Muhammad Atif Qureshi1, Hammad Ahmad Khan1, Omar Vehra1, Farzeen Altaf1, Ziad Ahmed1 Mohammad Akbar Chaudhry1
Objective:               This study was designed to find out the percentage of patients with asthma and COPD, who refuse to use inhalers as the treatment of their disease and to find out the reasons for this refusal.
Date:                        October- December

ABSTRACT
Objective: This study was designed to find out the percentage of patients with asthma and COPD, who refuse to use inhalers as the treatment of their disease and to find out the reasons for this refusal. Methodology: It was a prospective, cross-sectional descriptive study, with convenient non-probability sampling, statistical analysis was done manually. Results: One hundred & ten (110) patients of asthma & COPD, 61 females and 49 males were included in the study. Forty nine (49) patients refused to take inhaler as treatment of their disease, mainly asthmatics, and reasons given by them for refusal were; thinking inhalers as last resort (61%), difficult to operate (57%), want to hide their disease from others (51%), think that inhalers are not needed at moment (51%), inhalers are sign of serious disease (47%), and are lifelong or addictive (43%). Conclusions: Despite advancements in treatments, knowledge & awareness, a significant proportion of our patients with asthma & COPD refuse to use inhalers. This demands lot of efforts to create awareness and give education to the masses especially patients. Keywords: Asthma, COPD, Inhaler, Refusal