The `Improve your inhaler technique QR code poster` shows the possibilities of what can happen when people come together to ensure everyone has access to health literature. The poster aims to enable and empower people to take control of their own health care needs. It is estimated that only 43% of individuals can utilise health literature, and only 31% of people can use their inhalers correctly. This poster aims to break down barriers and provide reasonable adjustments for people with poor health literacy to improve their ability to take their own medication, ultimately improving independence, disease control and health outcomes.
Although not everyone has access to smart phones the poster is another tool for healthcare professionals to use with patients, as part of conversations and education round inhaler technique. The poster itself is not meant to reduce interaction or replace the need for physical demonstration but is there to enhance the education process if required.
Feedback from the poster has been positive with patients and carers saying they feel the poster is easy to use, that it increases their confidence with taking their inhalers, and they would recommend its use to others. The development of this poster is one small step towards providing alternative health literature, but there is still much more to be done.
If your patient does not have access to a smart phone you can always direct them to the asthma and lung UK website or alternative health literature alongside the use of placebos and one to one education.