Section 5:

Key messages
  • Poor inhaler technique leads to poor asthma control, increased risk of exacerbations and increased adverse effects.1
  • Checking and correcting inhaler technique leads to improved asthma control.1
  • Inhaler technique should be assessed at every opportunity, but particularly when a new device is prescribed.2
  • The NICE patient decision aid can be used to identify which inhaler device is likely to be most suitable for the individual patient,3 and the UK Inhaler Group Standards and Competency document can be used to guide assessment of inhaler technique.4

Job code: UK/RES-19014d DOP: April 2020


  1. Global Initiative for Asthma. Global strategy for asthma management and prevention, updated 2019. [Accessed April 2020]
  2. British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. British guideline on the management of asthma, 2019. [Accessed April 2020]
  3. NICE NG80. Resources: Inhalers for asthma. Patient decision aid. [Accessed April 2020]
  4. UK Inhaler Group. Inhaler Standards and Competency Document. [Accessed April 2020]