Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal



Recruitment status

Recruitment complete, follow-up currently in progress


The high personal and financial costs of asthma appear to be related to poor asthma control. The availability of effective treatments suggests that asthma can be well controlled in most patients, though most (53-58%) Canadians remain poorly controlled. Achieving optimal asthma control relies upon several behavioral factors, particularly daily taking one's medication as prescribed. However, research suggests adherence rates are as low as 32% in patients with asthma. Participation in education programs has increased patient knowledge about the importance of medication adherence, but recent reviews indicate that these programs have not significantly changed medication taking behavior. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of a brief intervention that uses motivational interviewing (MI) techniques, on asthma medication adherence in sample of adult asthmatics.