Peak flow meters: Are they monitoring tools or training devices?

Academic Article


  • Previous studies have been inconclusive as to whether peak flow meter use teaches asthma patients to better perceive their own pulmonary functioning. This investigation utilized a delayed baseline design to determine if pulmonary awareness could be improved among a sample of 24 adult patients who compared daily peak expiratory flow rates (PEFR) with asthma symptom ratings. Results indicated that among this sample of adult patients: (i) perception of pulmonary functioning was poor, (ii) adherence to peak flow meter use was poor, and (iii) among patients who use peak flow meters daily, self-perception of pulmonary functioning did not improve significantly. Summary tables and descriptive statistics for pulmonary functioning are provided, and treatment implications are discussed. © 1990 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.
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  • Journal of Asthma  Journal
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    Author List

  • Reeder KP; Dolce JJ; Duke L; Raczynski JM; Bailey WC
  • Start Page

  • 219
  • End Page

  • 227
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 4