Chapter 1.3.1. Therapeutics: General Issues

Adherence and Self-Management

  1. Peter G. Gibson1,
  2. Michael Abramson2,
  3. Richard Wood-Baker3,
  4. Jimmy Volmink4,
  5. Michael Hensley5 and
  6. Ulrich Costabel6
  1. Liesl M Osman and
  2. Michael E Hyland

Published Online: 25 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470987377.ch7

Evidence-based Respiratory Medicine

Evidence-based Respiratory Medicine

How to Cite

Osman, L. M. and Hyland, M. E. (2005) Therapeutics: General Issues, in Evidence-based Respiratory Medicine (eds P. G. Gibson, M. Abramson, R. Wood-Baker, J. Volmink, M. Hensley and U. Costabel), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470987377.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

  2. 2

    Monash University, Central & Eastern Clinical School, The Alfred, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  4. 4

    University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

  5. 5

    University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

  6. 6

    Ruhrlandklinik, Essen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2007
  2. Published Print: 22 NOV 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727916051

Online ISBN: 9780470987377



  • sociodemographic characteristics;
  • adherence;
  • self-management;
  • medication characteristics;
  • psychological factors


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Summary

  • Introduction

  • How is adherence with prescribed regular medication and peak flow meter use assessed, and what levels of adherence are found in asthmatics?

  • Patient and medication characteristics associated with adherence

  • What is the relationship between adherence and outcome? Is non-adherence inevitably associated with poor outcome?

  • Differences in style of self-management and outcome