Friday, June 26, 2009

Smart Inhaler Captures Essential Information on Patient Behavior

One of the problems with medical research in the field is that patient reports and medical records are often inaccurate or incomplete. A pilot study is now under way at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to evaluate asthma patients medication taking behavior using a ‘smart’ inhaler. The inhaler indicates the exact location and time of each use, essential for the understanding of asthma etiology, and patient behaviors.