Factors affecting medication adherence in Saudi children

Angela Macadam, O. Al-Omran, Paul Gard

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Medication non-adherence hasbeen documented in children of all ages, for both acute and chronic illnesses. 1 Many factors appear to influence adherence to treatment among children, for example, age of the child, characteristics of both the disease and regimen, and the doctor-patient relationship.2 The child's knowledge and attitude towards medicine also plays a vital role in medication adherence.3 Recent research suggests that people have their own beliefs about medicine, both to medicines they take themselves and to medicines in general.4 Studies also suggest the strong parental influence on their child's adherence or non-adherence.5The following study will therefore examine the factors affecting children's medication adherence, including the effect of parental beliefs about medicines in general. The study was conducted in Saudi Arabia, where very little research has been carried out in this field. A subsequent identical study will be carried out in the United Kingdom to compare the behaviours and beliefs between the two verydifferent cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2000
EventBritish Pharmaceutical Conference - Birmingham, 10-13 September, 2000
Duration: 16 Sept 2000 → …


ConferenceBritish Pharmaceutical Conference
Period16/09/00 → …


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