Aim: To evaluate the extensity of two basic misperceptions in asthma patients
Material and Methods: The patients over 18 years of age who had been diagnosed with asthma and using asthma drugs were enrolled in the study. The patients were consecutively selected who examined in the private office of the author. Participants have been asked whether ‘asthma is a contagious disease’ and whether ‘asthma drugs cause addiction’.
Results: A total of 1,003 patients were included in the study. The ratios of patients who declared that ‘asthma is a contagious disease’ or ‘asthma is not a contagious disease’ were 15.3% and 58.0%, respectively. The ratio of patients who declared that ‘asthma drugs cause addiction' and ‘asthma drugs do not cause addiction' were 17.9% and 27.0%.
Conclusion: Although most patients answers were in accordance with scientific facts, the ratios of misperception are thought to be high.