Qualitative aspects of nasal irrigation use by patients with chronic sinus disease in a multimethod study

David Rabago, Bruce Barrett, Lucille Marchand, Rob Maberry, Marlon Mundt

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PURPOSE: We qualitatively assessed attitudes regarding use of hypertonic saline nasal irrigation (HSNI) for frequent rhinosinusitis and chronic sinonasal symptoms in a 3-part, multimethod study. METHODS: We conducted semistructured, in-depth interviews with 28 participants who recently used nasal irrigation in studies assessing HSNI. RESULTS: Four themes emerged: (1) HSNI improved self-management of sinus symptoms, creating a sense of empowerment; (2) HSNI produced rapid and long-term improvement in quality of life; (3) participants identified discomfort, time, and mild side effects as barriers to HSNI use; and (4) participants identified aspects of training and at-home use that overcame these barriers. CONCLUSION: HSNI is a safe, well-tolerated, inexpensive, effective, long-term therapy that patients with chronic sinonasal symptoms can and will use at home with minimal training and follow-up. Success with HSNI will likely be improved by patient education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of family medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Family Practice

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