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The rectal route of medicine administration for children: Let's get to the bottom of it!

Hanning, SM; Walker, E; Sutcliffe, E; Tuleu, C; with the London Generation R Young Persons Advisory Group, .; (2020) The rectal route of medicine administration for children: Let's get to the bottom of it! European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics , 157 pp. 25-27. 10.1016/j.ejpb.2020.09.015.

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Abstract

Aims: Research around paediatric rectal drug delivery has previously been based on views of parents and healthcare workers. The aim of this exploratory study was to gauge whether children and young adults in the UK were comfortable with the idea of rectal drug delivery. / Methods: Eleven children from a pre-existing patient and public advisory group were involved in the session. Rectal drug delivery was explained and group participants were asked a series of questions. Responses were discussed in a group and recorded individually. /Results: Of the group, 27% would consider the rectal route, while 64% said it depended on other options available. The primary concern focused on potential for abusive misuse by others. Participants thought this would be overcome if the child could self-administer, although there was also concern about the process of self-administration. / Conclusions: Not all children in the UK are against rectal drug delivery, but education is needed to teach children to self-administer medication in this way.

Type: Article
Title: The rectal route of medicine administration for children: Let's get to the bottom of it!
Location: Netherlands
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpb.2020.09.015
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpb.2020.09.015
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Patient and public involvement, drug delivery, paediatrics, rectal route
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy > Pharmaceutics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112467
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