Faculty of Health

Management of chronic respiratory conditions

Expertise: Management of chronic respiratory conditions


Research impact

In an Australian-first interventional study, researchers from the Faculty of Health's Pharmacy Division achieved a three-fold improvement to asthma management in Tasmanian asthma sufferers.

Belief in relief helps asthma sufferers breathe easy


Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Lungs
  • Respiratory
  • COPD
  • Chronic Disease

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are among the top ten most common chronic diseases in Australia. Despite the availability of safe and effective respiratory medication, problems such poor medication adherence and poor understanding have led to the conditions being poorly managed in Australia. This research centres on improved knowledge of mechanisms for asthma and COPD management, and steps that can be take to improve their management.


Contact: Dr Bonnie Bereznicki (Bonnie.Bereznicki@utas.edu.au.

Current projects:

Patients' knowledge and expectations of medications in COPD (2015)

Research has shown that patients who have unrealistic treatment expectations are less likely to persist with COPD medication therapy after it has been prescribed. The aim of this project will be to investigate the knowledge and expectations of patients regarding their prescribed medication in patients with COPD. Patients with recently diagnosed COPD are recruited via Facebook, and asked to complete an online survey. The survey contains items relating to the diagnosis of COPD, symptoms of COPD, knowledge of COPD and medication, expectations of treatment, adherence and persistence.

Understanding the discrepancy between perceived and actual asthma control in Australia (2015)

A well-documented patient barrier to optimal asthma management and control is an underestimation of disease severity on the part of the patient. The aim of this project will be to investigate the level of perceived asthma control in Australia, and analyse the factors contributing to inadequate perceptions of asthma control. Adults with asthma will be recruited via Facebook, and asked to complete an online survey.

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