Longer-acting inhaled therapies in COPD have been shown to be associated with higher levels of persistence (a measure of the duration of time over which a patient continues to take their medication correctly).112 Furthermore, simplification of dosing regimens by reducing dosing frequency has been associated with an increase in medication adherence (compliance) in COPD.113 A survey of COPD and asthma patients showed that dose frequency was the most important factor for non-compliance with the treatment regimen, and 83% of patients preferred once-daily dosing.114 Higher compliance has been found to result in lower utilisation of hospital- and emergency room-related healthcare resources.115
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