Researchers plan to devise strategy to improve adherence in children
A practical strategy to improve the way healthcare professionals dealwith young patients, and to improve adherence to medicines among themis being developed, by researchers at the University of Nottingham’sschool of pharmacy in collaboration with the University of Leicester
A practical strategy to improve the way healthcare professionals deal with young patients, and to improve adherence to medicines among them is being developed, by researchers at the University of Nottingham’s school of pharmacy in collaboration with the University of Leicester.
The researchers are currently engaging with children aged between five and 17 years with asthma, diabetes, congenital heart disease or epilepsy, as well as healthcare professionals, such as pharmacists, GPs and paediatricians, to determine the causes of poor adherence and identify the problems encountered when communicating about medicines. Information obtained in the research phase of the 21-month study will be used to design the strategy.
Rachel Elliott, professor of medicines and health at Nottingham and lead investigator for the study, said: “Healthcare professionals like GPs and pharmacists are not always good at spotting patients who are not adhering to their medication. They also find it difficult to understand why someone wouldn’t take a medicine that would substantially improve their health.”
Children are often left out
Professor Elliott said that children are often left out of conversations about their health and medication, and given inadequate opportunity to express concerns or ask questions.
The current study aims to amend that dynamic, she explained, by developing a strategy based on a “triad” approach whereby the child, parent and healthcare professional are all engaged in treatment discussions.
“Getting children involved in decision-making and able to express their concerns about their medication from an early age will equip them with the skills they need to handle their condition into their adult life,” she said.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043372
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