Patient-reported barriers to accepting a technological adherence package in the MAGNIFY trial

A Dickens, D Halpin, V Carter, D Skinner, K Beeh, J Chalmers, A Clark, N Hannan, A Kaplan, K Kostikas, H Pinnock, N Roche, O Usmani, J F V Boven, P Mastoridis, K Mezzi, S Davis, D Price

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Introduction: COPD exacerbations lead to increased mortality and disease progression. Maintenance inhaled therapies can reduce exacerbation risk amongst COPD patients, but non-adherence reportedly ranges from 20-60% in this population. The ongoing cluster randomised trial MAGNIFY is investigating the use of technological adherence support as a solution to this problem, but there is little evidence regarding patients’ willingness to accept such devices.Aims and objectives: To explore patient-reported barriers to accepting a technological adherence package.Methods: COPD patients were eligible for MAGNIFY if aged 40 years or above, with ≥2 moderate/severe exacerbations in the last two years and with ≤50% adherence to mono/dual therapy. Eligible patients received a phone call from a pharmacist who conducted a remote patient review and invited them to use the digital support package, comprising an Ultibro Breezhaler and adherence support technology. Patients declining the package were asked to provide reasons.Results: Out of 331 patients clinically suitable for the adherence package, 113 (34.1%) declined the adherence package. Reasons for declining included: no smartphone/not compatible phone (n=89), unwilling to change inhaler (n=8), unwilling to use inhalers regularly (n=5), life events (n=2), another health condition (n=1), no reason (n=8).Conclusions: Most patients declined the adherence package for practical reasons, such as lacking a compatible smartphone, rather than unwillingness to use technology. Though this is interim data from a single trial, it suggests that technophobia may not be an important barrier to patients accepting technological adherence support.FootnotesCite this article as Eur Respir J 2022; 60: Suppl. 66, 3402.This article was presented at the 2022 ERS International Congress, in session “-”.This is an ERS International Congress abstract. No full-text version is available. Further material to accompany this abstract may be available at (ERS member access only).
Original languageEnglish
Article number3402
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue numberSuppl. 66
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2022
EventEuropean Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress. - FIRA Barcelona Gran Via Congress Centre, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 Sept 20226 Sept 2022


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