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Pharmaceutical care for asthma patients dependent on their disease control


- candidate number21708
- NTR NumberNTR5063
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR20-feb-2015
- Secondary IDs2015-1569  
- Public TitlePharmaceutical care for asthma patients dependent on their disease control
- Scientific TitleEffect of pharmacists intervention on effective use of asthma medication tailored to patients’ disease control on asthma and allergic rhinitis
- ACRONYMSMARAGD: Self Management Research for Asthma with Good Drug use
- hypothesisThe main objective is to assess the effectiveness of a tailored pharmacist intervention for current users of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) maintenance therapy to improve the disease control compared to a control group with usual care. To tailor the interventions, the disease control is measured during the intervention process by the CARAT. Good drug use is measured by the MARS questionnaire and dispensing data and by assessing inhalation technique. A subgroup will receive a technical reminder for regular drug intake. Furthermore, smoking cessation will be stimulated for current smokers. Results of this pilot study provide insights for designing a larger trial.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedAsthma, Medication adherence, Inhalation technique
- Inclusion criteriaPatients are eligible when meeting following inclusion criteria:
1. Aged 18 years or older
2. Current user of asthma maintenance medication (ICS or combinations of ICS/LABA, at least one prescription in the previous six months)
3. Registered in the pharmacy
4. Willingness to visit the pharmacy and availability for duration of study
5. Current diagnosis of asthma
6. Speak, read and write the Dutch language sufficiently to complete the questionnaires
- Exclusion criteriaPatients with (con)current COPD, patients with low literacy and patients who receive palliative care will be excluded.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedno
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, non-randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-mrt-2015
- planned closingdate30-sep-2015
- Target number of participants80
- InterventionsAll participating pharmacists receive material and written instructions for patient selection, interventions and process registrations.
Patients from both groups are asked to fill in the CARAT and MARS questionnaire at baseline.
Patients in the intervention group are invited in the pharmacy and receive structured education (verbal and written form) by pharmacists on:
- Asthma pathophysiology (Symptoms, triggers)
- Asthma medication
- Dose and time of intake
- Inhalation technique (including physical demonstration by the patient with demo inhaler unit)
- Importance of adherence to maintenance therapy and current problems with adherence
- Possible side effects
- Smoking cessation (if patient is a current smoker)
Patients in the intervention group are asked to fill in the CARAT questionnaire every fortnight. The pharmacist monitors asthma disease control and contact the patient at low or deteriorating CARAT scores.
Patients in the control group receive usual care.
All patients fill in the CARAT and MARS after 6 months.
A part of all patients is eligible for a technical reminder, which reminds patients daily to take their medication at the established time.
- Primary outcomeThe primary outcome is the patient reported disease control, measured by the CARAT questionnaire.
- Secondary outcomeSecondary outcomes are the disease control measured by pharmacy dispensing data for the number of exacerbations and use of rescue medication. Effectiveness of maintenance therapy is measured by inhalation technique (checklist at intervention session) and adherence (MARS).
- TimepointsT = 0: Baseline measurement
T = every fortnight for the intervention group: follow up measurement with CARAT.
T = 6 months: evaluation of all patients
- Trial web sitenone
- statusplanned
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES Esther Kuipers
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESMw. dr. M. Teichert
- Sponsor/Initiator Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, IQ Healthcare
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
Royal Dutch Pharmacists Association, Astra Zeneca
- Publications
- Brief summaryBackground
The aim of asthma management is to gain and maintain control of the disease. Pharmaceutical care needs to focus on those patients who gain most by additional care of a pharmacist. Furthermore, this care has to be tailored to patients’ individual needs. The first step is to identify these patients. Subsequently the pharmacist can intervene , dependent on patients’ barriers for effective drug use. Finally, the disease control and the effect of the intervention have to be monitored.
We study the effectiveness of tailored pharmacist interventions to improve asthma control. In this study we use the CARAT on signalizing insufficient or deteriorating asthma control and to enable pharmacists’ interventions to prevent exacerbations. Furthermore, we use the questionnaire to evaluate whether devices that remember patients on drug intake support (‘technical reminder’) regular drug intake. It is a pilot study, which aims to provide insights needed to design a larger trial.

Methods
This pilot study will be performed in 4 community pharmacies in the South of the Netherlands . Two (randomly chosen) pharmacies will provide usual pharmaceutical care and two pharmacies will provide the interventions.
All patients who meet the inclusion criteria and give informed consent are asked to fill in the CARAT and MARS questionnaires at baseline and after 6 months. Patients in the intervention group receive a structured educational program and will be asked to fill in the CARAT questionnaire every fortnight during 6 months. The pharmacist monitors asthma disease control and contact the patient at low or deteriorating CARAT scores.
A part of all patients will receive a technical reminder. The primary outcome is the disease control, measured by the CARAT questionnaire.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD20-feb-2015 - 14-feb-2016


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