Essentials Of Patient Education In Paediatric Pharmacy Practice

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Moses Tombu Iorngurum


Patient education is a necessary component of paediatric pharmacy practice. The results include a stron caring relationship that is esto blished with patients and their families, enhanced patient compliance with good therapeutic results, and responsible medicine use as the children grow older. Drug therapy in adolescents should locus on both the acute health needs, and the issues that affect the teenagers day-to-day well-being, to which some education and counselling would be helpful. The scope of paediatric patient education has been highlighted, and ten guiding principles for teaching children and adolescents about medicines presented. Children may learn about medicines when their own questions are answered, as well as by teaching them
what to do. The best way for children to learn about proper and responsible use of medicines, however, is by example of parents, caregivers and teachers, by taking medicines only when necessary, treating medicines with seriousness, and storin
medicines out of the reach and sight all young children. Recommendations have been made especially to developing countries based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the place of the use of pharmaceutical preparations in the health of the child.

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Iorngurum, M. T. . (2004). Essentials Of Patient Education In Paediatric Pharmacy Practice. The Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy, 36(1). Retrieved from
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Moses Tombu Iorngurum, Department Of Clinical Pharmacy And Biopharmacy, Faculty Of Pharmacy, University Of Lagos, Idi-Araba Campus, P.M.B. 12093 Lagos, Nigeria.