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ISRN Endocrinology
Volume 2011, Article ID 803948, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/803948
Research Article

Patient Acceptance, Ease of Use, and Preference for Norditropin NordiFlex with NordiFlex PenMate: Results from an Open-Label, User Survey of Everyday Use

1Department of Paediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, Sophia Children’s Hospital/Erasmus University Medical Centre, 3015 GJ Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2Kinderzentrum am Johannis Platz, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
3Biopharm Medical Affairs, Novo Nordisk Health Care AG, Andreasstrasse 15, Oerlikon 8050, Zurich, Switzerland
4Clinical Research Department, Novo Nordisk Pharma GmbH, 55127 Mainz, Germany
5Goteborg Pediatric Growth Research Center, Institute for Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at Goteborg University, SE41345 Goteborg, Sweden

Received 12 April 2011; Accepted 11 June 2011

Academic Editor: W. C. Hymer

Copyright © 2011 Anita Hokken-Koelega et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In this 12-week open-label, uncontrolled study, patients ( 𝑛 = 8 5 ; mean [SD] age 11.2 [3.95] years) were trained to use an injection device with an automatic needle insertion accessory (NordiFlex/NordiFlex PenMate: Novo Nordisk A/S, Bagsvaerd, Denmark) for growth hormone (GH) injection. The opinions of patients and the physicians/nurses who trained patients on device were recorded by questionnaire. Most (88.4%) patients reported that the device was “very easy/easy" to use. The majority (82.4%) of patients were “very satisfied/satisfied" with the device and 64% wished to continue its use. Device training instructions were reported as “very easy/easy" by 96.1% of physicians/nurses, and 65.8% of participants could use the device after ≤10-minute training. In this study, NordiFlex PenMate was well accepted by patients and medical staff. Patients had a high opinion of the device and over half wished to continue its use. High patient acceptance may facilitate treatment adherence optimizing treatment outcomes.