The ability of the community pharmacist to learn the proper actuation techniques of inhaler devices

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2001 Dec;108(6):918-20. doi: 10.1067/mai.2001.119153.


Today, greater responsibility is placed on community pharmacists for the education of patients than ever before. Thus community pharmacists were recruited for this study and asked to demonstrate the proper steps in the actuation sequences of 3 inhaler devices. Baseline measurements were followed by an instructional session on the proper actuation technique, and then a posttest was conducted 4 to 6 weeks later. The mean changes between baseline and postinstruction percentage scores for the metered-dose inhaler device, the Turbuhaler, and the Diskus were (mean +/- SD) 17.1% +/- 15.4%, 22.6% +/- 18.7%, and 38.4% +/- 19.6%, respectively. This study demonstrates that a single instructional session can dramatically improve a community pharmacist's ability to demonstrate the correct method of actuation.

MeSH terms

  • Community Pharmacy Services*
  • Humans
  • Nebulizers and Vaporizers*
  • Pharmacists*