Inhaler devices for asthma and COPD: choice and technique

Prof Nurse. 2003 Jul;18(11):641-5.


Nurses caring for patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease need a good basic knowledge of the types of inhaler devices available and which may suit, for example, a very young child, an active young person or an elderly patient with dexterity problems. This Study describes the advantages and disadvantages of some commonly prescribed devices.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Adult
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Asthma / nursing
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Nebulizers and Vaporizers*
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / drug therapy*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / nursing
  • Self Administration / nursing


  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents