There are over 330 million people with asthma in the world. We know that medicines for asthma work very well. But over half of people with asthma do not take these medicines as recommended. This leads to asthma symptoms, asthma attacks and admissions to hospital. Many researchers have tried to improve this medication-taking in different ways, however only few of their ideas have worked well.
We think that using theories about how people behave and think (called health psychology) can lead to better ways to improve medication taking in asthma. In this Cochrane review we want to find out if using health psychology to improve medication-taking actually works better than not using health psychology to change behaviour. We also want to find out what factors make it work better.
August 2017 to December 2018
Centre for Behavioural Medicine
Department of Practice and Policy
UCL School of Pharmacy
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