Caregiver Knowledge and Delivery of a Commonly Prescribed Medication (Albuterol) for Children

Harold K. Simon
1999 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine  
Objective: To evaluate caregiver knowledge and delivery of a prescription medication (albuterol) for children. Design: Prospective convenience sample. Participants: Caregivers listing albuterol as one of their child's medications. Setting: Two urban, university-affiliated pediatric emergency departments. Interventions: Caregivers were asked about their knowledge of the medication, the child's dose, frequency, duration of use, and where it was prescribed. In a mock scenario, they measured and
more » ... hey measured and demonstrated medication delivery to their child. Common measuring devices and formulations were offered. Results: Forty-one caregivers were enrolled. Thirty-six (88%) were high school educated and 39 (95%) had a primary care provider. Twenty-six (63%) were out of medication, 7 (17%) stated an incorrect dose, 18 (44%) reported an incorrect frequency, and 10 (24%) stated an inadequate duration of use. Formulations chosen were
doi:10.1001/archpedi.153.6.615 pmid:10357303 fatcat:2arilgs7njeito2564uoa3rage