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Healthy children's perceptions of medicines: a review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18555964     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Chronically ill children's perceptions of medicines have been widely studied, but healthy children's less often. However, information on healthy children's beliefs and attitudes about medicine use is needed to be able to target health education messages about medicines appropriately. OBJECTIVES: A literature review was performed to determine schoolchildren's attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge about medicines; autonomy in using medicines; expectations of using medicines; and questions about medicines, so as to guide the development of a medicine education curriculum and to inform health care professionals who communicate with children. METHODS: This study was a review of literature from 17 countries. RESULTS: The review indicated that children of school age tend to view medicines cautiously. Although age is a factor, children have very limited ideas about how medicines work and issues around medicine efficacy are confusing to them. Even young children recognize that medicines may have harmful effects and, children of all ages and cultures studied want to learn more about medicines. Autonomy in medicine use is surprisingly high and disturbing given that knowledge of medicines is poor. CONCLUSIONS: Primary conclusions drawn are (1) children of the same age in different cultures appear similar in their attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and desires to learn about medicines; (2) children lack information about medicines, especially in view of their levels of autonomy; and (3) health educators and health care professionals should educate children about rational medicine use, at appropriate cognitive development levels, before the children become independent medicine users.
Katri Hämeen-Anttila; Patricia J Bush
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1551-7411     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-16     Completed Date:  2008-10-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101231974     Medline TA:  Res Social Adm Pharm     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  98-114     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Social Pharmacy, University of Kuopio, P.O. Box 1627, 70211 Kuopio, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Health Education*
Personal Autonomy
Pharmaceutical Preparations*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Pharmaceutical Preparations

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