Chelsea Tatro
From the Patients' Perspective: Advair DISKUS or Advair HFA

SchoolNorth Royalton High School


ProgramScience


MentorChris Schwanenberger RRT, BBA


DepartmentRespiratory Therapy at Lutheran Hospital


Research
From the Patients' Perspective: Advair DISKUS or Advair HFA
Hypothesis
Patients will prefer Advair HFA over Advair DISKUS because a spacer is used with it and the patient will get more of the medication inhaled, as opposed to the DISKUS in which the dry powder sticks in the mouth and throat upon inhalation. Both contain the same medications (salmeterol and fluticasone propionate) to decrease inflammation and dilate the airway.
Methodology
Patients were asked to take a 10-question survey on aspects that may affect their opinion. Due to a low census of respiratory patients, only 20 were questioned.
Outcomes
Twelve patients preferred Advair HFA and eight preferred DISKUS. Those who preferred HFA cited texture, ease of use and efficacy. A lack of patient education came up during the questioning process and created a turning point in the project. We created a patient information booklet that would attract the reader’s attention with large text, color pictures and pertinent information.

Interpretations

Variegation Alveolus by Kaitlyn Kohler

Advair Diskus Animation by Jacob Francis