Feasibility of developing children's Pill School within a UK hospital


OBJECTIVE: We assessed the feasibility of introducing an intervention (children's Pill School-PS) within a UK hospital to provide swallowing training for children, identified the proportion of children who can be switched from oral liquid medicines to pills and assessed children/parents' opinions about the PS training. METHODS: 30 inpatient children (aged 3-18 years; taking oral liquid medicines; their liquid medications assessed suitable for switching to pills; can (and their parents) speak/understand English were included. Training sessions were delivered using hard sweets of different sizes. RESULTS: 87% (26) of children successfully learnt how to swallow pills after one training session (mean duration 14.5 min), and 92% (24) were discharged on pills. 75 prescribed oral liquid medications were deemed suitable for switching to pills. Of these, 89% (67) were switched successfully. CONCLUSION: Children as young as 3 years were successful in swallowing pills after training. Providing children PS training session within hospital is feasible and acceptable to children and their parents.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2020-319154
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Pharmacy School
College of Health & Life Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: health services research,pharmacology,therapeutics,Prospective Studies,Deglutition/physiology,Administration, Oral,Education/methods,Humans,Patient Education as Topic/methods,Child, Preschool,United Kingdom/epidemiology,Feasibility Studies,Schools/statistics & numerical data,Adolescent,Pharmaceutical Preparations/administration & dosage,Pharmaceutical Solutions/administration & dosage,Tablets/administration & dosage,Hospitals/statistics & numerical data,Child,Parents/education,Inpatients/education,Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Publication ISSN: 1468-2044
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2024 07:11
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 15:40
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-06
Published Online Date: 2020-11-23
Accepted Date: 2020-11-02
Authors: Rashed, Asia N
Terry, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7599-0916)
Fox, Andy
Christiansen, Nanna
Tomlin, Stephen



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