Self-medication with common household medicines by young adolescents

Elizabeth D Sloand, Judith A. Vessey

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Our study examines the self-medication practices of children ages 10-14. We developed a questionnaire that addressed several aspects of such behavior. A convenience sample of subjects (n = 86) completed the questionnaires in school settings in a northeastern metropolitan area. The data showed that a vast majority of the adolescents (89%) have access to the medicine in their households: 36% of them medicated themselves the last time they had any medicine. Most of their medication choices were appropriate, except in the area of gastrointestinal problems. There is a need for further investigation of this issue and incorporating the findings into the practice of pediatric nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalIssues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2001

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Adolescent Medicine
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Self-medication with common household medicines by young adolescents. / Sloand, Elizabeth D; Vessey, Judith A.

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