Control of asthma in an older adult can be challenging. It is important to identify potential barriers and to overcome them.
(1) pulmonary injury from long-standing asthma (no longer completely reversible)
(2) comorbid conditions like congestive heart failure
(3) impaired perception of breathlessness
(4) chronic pain that increases the need for analgesics
(1) polypharmacy and risk of drug interactions
(2) greater risk for adverse effects from asthma medications
(3) difficulty manipulating inhalers
(4) poor eyesight
(5) confusion and forgetfulness
Social and economic problems:
(1) living alone
(2) mobility problems
(3) being able to afford medications
(4) depression and anxiety
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Purpose: To identify possible barriers that can interfere with asthma control in an older adult.