Some treatments and therapies can be complicated and time consuming, leading to issues with adherence to the treatment plan. Treatment adherence has been shown to be low in bronchiectasis and affects important health outcomes including exacerbations. The negative consequences linked to poor treatment adherence in chronic respiratory diseases such as bronchiectasis include higher health care costs, reduced quality of life, increased exacerbations, and the potential for earlier mortality.1
Understanding the importance of utilizing a variety of treatments and therapy options can be difficult for patients. Providing information and education on the various treatment options available may encourage adherence to treatment plans by selecting and adapting a treatment approach that is patient centered. Educating patients with bronchiectasis is recommended, including explanations of the disease, recognition and importance of exacerbations, different treatment approaches and a personalized management plan.2
Bronchiectasis patients should to have easily accessible information about their condition, enabling them to recognize and respond to symptoms appropriately and understand how important adherence to their treatment plan is and how it could potentially alter their prognosis.