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and Health in The University of Nottingham's School of Pharmacy, is leading the study. She said: "Healthcare professionals like GPs and pharmacists are not always good at spotting patients who are not adhering to their medication. They also find it difficult to understand why someone wouldn't take a medicine that would substantially improve their health.

"Other efforts have been made to improve adherence to medicines among children but studies have shown that simply trying to educate young patients about the benefit of using their medication is not enough. There are so many different reasons why a child might choose not to take their medication. One big issue is that simply by having to take medicine every day it's a reminder that they have an incredibly serious illness and it's often about denial or feeling like they have some control over their life."

The first phase of the study will be to look at methods previously tried to address the problem and to talk to three groups of school-age children five to seven year olds, 10 to 12-year-olds and 15 to 17-year-olds and their parents about their experiences of the healthcare system and medication. They will also interview a range of healthcare professionals including GPs, hospital paediatricians, community paediatricians and pharmacists, nurses and GP practice managers and secretaries about the issues they face in communicating their services to young people. Lastly, they will consult with other stakeholder groups including patient groups such as Asthma UK and Epilepsy Action and healthcare-related organisations such as the Royal College of Practice Nurses.

During the second phase they will design a new strategy that can be embedded within the whole range of healthcare services for children this may include encouraging children and parents to write down their concerns or questions as a driver for their consultation with their GP and giving health practitioners a range of extra resources ta
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Contact: Dr. Monica Lakhanpaul
ml103@leicester.ac.uk
44-011-622-53847
University of Nottingham
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