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BET 1: Efficacy of different techniques using a metered-dose inhaler with Spacer to relieve symptoms in children with acute asthma
  1. Ben Kerr Winter,
  2. Edward Carlton
  1. North Bristol NHS Trust, UK


A shortcut review was carried out to establish which inhaler with spacer technique provides the greatest improvement in symptoms in children with acute asthma. Four relevant papers were identified for inclusion using the reported search strategy. The author, date and country of publication; group studied; study type; relevant outcomes; results and study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. It is concluded that a ‘tidal breathing’ technique, with a minimum of three breaths per inhaler activation, is likely equivalent in efficacy to a ‘single breath and hold technique’, and easier for a breathless child to perform.

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.