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Easyhaler®: an overview of an inhaler device for day-to-day use in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Authors: Federico Lavorini MD, PhD

The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the scientific literature on Easyhaler, with the purpose of emphasising features that make it close to the concept of an ‘ideal’ inhaler for daily use in patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Clinical factors, including All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Group severity, as predictors of early rehospitalization after COPD exacerbation

Authors: Melissa H Roberts, Douglas W Mapel, Ann Von Worley, Janice Beene

Patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations carry a high risk for early rehospitalization. This study demonstrates that hospitals can use commonly collected clinical information to help identify COPD patients at a high risk of failure after discharge.

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One-year prevalence, comorbidities and cost of cachexia-related inpatient admissions in the USA

Authors: Susan T Arthur, Joshua M Noone, Bryce A Van Doren, Debosoree Roy, Christopher M Blanchette

Cachexia is a condition characterized as a loss in body mass or metabolic dysfunction and it is associated with several prevalent chronic health conditions including many cancers, COPD, HIV, and kidney disease. Currently there is little research into cachexia and the objective of this article is to characterize cachexia patients, their healthcare utilisation, and associated hospitalization costs.

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Study protocol for a randomized, controlled trial comparing the efficacy of two educational interventions to improve inhalation techniques in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): TIEPOC Study.

Authors: José Leiva-Fernández, Francisca Leiva-Fernández, Rubén L Vázquez-Alarcón, Antonio García-Ruiz, Daniel Prados-Torres, Pilar Barnestein-Fonseca

Up to 75% of patients with COPD do not use a correct inhaler technique. In this article, the authors provide details of a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of two educational interventions aimed at improving inhalation techniques in a cohort of patients in southern Spain.

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Probabilistic data linkage: a case study of comparative effectiveness in COPD

Authors: Christopher M Blanchette, Mitch DeKoven, Ajita P De, Melissa Roberts

In this era of comparative effectiveness research, new, advanced techniques are being investigated by the research community to overcome the limitations of existing data sources. In this article Dr Christopher Blanchette and his co-authors describe the approach of probabilistic data linkage as a means to address this critical issue.

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