- 15% of Australians with intellectual disability have asthma.
- Inhaler devices are the preferred method of drug delivery.
- Using inhalers (“puffers”) is a challenge.
- Assistance is often provided to people with intellectual disability to take medication in residential care settings and the family home.
- Do carers get the support they need to assist people with asthma?
- We wish to interview family caregivers, direct healthcare workers and nurses who have cared for a person with intellectual disabilities who has asthma or uses inhalers.
- We gain an understanding of caregivers’ experiences with giving respiratory medications, and the challenges involved.
- You will be compensated for your time.
This study has HREC approval from the University of Sydney and is being conducted by the Faculty of Pharmacy. The Chief Investigator is Dr Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, and the team of researchers includes Associate Professors Paul Young and Daniela Traini, Dr Seeta Durvasula, Dr Diana Merhi and Sharon Davis, PhD candidate.