Self-Advocacy Quiz

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#1. When it comes to ordering prescriptions, which person is the odd one out?

The correct answer is d) – your teacher.  The others will all be able to help with ordering your prescriptions.  The transition team and your GP receptionist will be able to help too.  The most important thing to do if you are unsure is to ask!

#2. When should you be requesting more medication?

The correct answer is d) – at least two weeks before finishing your current prescription.  It is important that you always have access to a reliever and that you take your preventer regularly.  Therefore, you should never wait until you run out before reordering.  Many people also keep a back-up supply in case they misplace their medication or there is a problem.  You should never share your prescriptions with others.

#3. The medication that you collect from the pharmacy is different to usual. What is the wrong course of action?

The correct answer is c) – although it is extremely rare, mistakes can be made.  You should always check that the drug and dosing instructions are the same as on your asthma plan.  If not, you should query this.  There are lots of people who can help.  Sometimes it may be that you have received a new brand or that the packaging has changed.

#4. There are many reasons why being overstocked with medication can be a problem. Which of the following statements is the odd one out?

The correct answer is b) – having a good supply of drugs ensures that you take them regularly as prescribed.  There is no guarantee that having a good supply of medicines leads to adherence.  Being overstocked can mean that you are regularly missing doses!  Overtime drugs expire, prescriptions can change and storage conditions may alter.  In this way medication can be wasted unnecessarily.

#5. ‘Everyone misses an appointment now and then. It does not matter. I will get sent another one.’ Which of the following statements is false?

The correct answer is c) – forgetting an appointment cannot be helped.  There are lots of ways to ensure that you remember appointments which are an important part of asthma self-management.  Rearranging appointments prevents unnecessary wastage of resources.  Remember, there will be no second chances when you reach 24 years old.

#6. What is it important to take with you when attending an asthma review?

The correct answer is c) – your medicines and asthma plan.

#7. Preparation is important part of attending an asthma review. When thinking about your asthma control over the last four weeks, which of the following is rarely important?

The correct answer is b) – any problems with school work.  In terms of your review, this is only important if your asthma is the cause of the problem.  Everything else is an important indicator of asthma control.

#8. Which of these events is a regular part of an asthma review?

The correct answer is b) – checking your inhaler technique.  Exercise testing, seeing the physiotherapist and increasing your medications occur much less frequently, if at all.