Uncontrolled asthma leads to over 8,000 hospital admissions a year in Ireland.1 Not only that, it has a significant impact on the lives of individuals.1,2 Although, inhalation therapy is the most effective treatment for asthma,3 up to 90% of people make at least one mistake when using their inhaler.4 Improper inhaler use is one of the causes of asthma attacks,3 and is therefore an essential topic to cover during consultations with patients.

Like you, we want patients to be able to fully understand their condition and the things they can do to help achieve better asthma control. This is why we have crafted three short and engaging animations which focus on the following key topics:

What is asthma and how it affects you

Knowing your asthma triggers

The importance of good inhaler technique

Shown together, the videos can help to describe what asthma is and how it can affect individuals, the advantages of recognising triggers and how avoidance can reduce the risk of exacerbations or flare-ups, as well as emphasising the importance of correct inhaler use and the implications of poor technique.

You can use any or all of the videos during your patient consultations, to support the fundamental conversations you have with your patients. Designed with these discussions in mind, each short animation has easy-to-follow explanations, with clear take-home messages that your patients will remember.

Your patients will also be able to access these videos for themselves at letstalkrespiratory.com by selecting the ‘I’m a member of the public’ option on the homepage, and where they can also access other information about their condition.