Bonnie Smeryage, NP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Hollywood, FL, discusses the benefits of liquid formulations in pediatric populations.

Pediatric medication nonadherence is a major challenge for health care providers. Many patients do not take their medications as prescribed by providers, which can lead to negative health-related outcomes (including treatment failures, hospital admissions, and increased costs).

Patients’ adherence (or ability to fill prescriptions and then take as directed for the duration of treatment) can be influenced by numerous social, economic, and logistic factors including:

• Age of the child
• Lack of understanding about the disease or treatment
• Socioeconomic status
• Family structure
• Schedule of medications
• Taste

Strategies that target interventions to the individual patient and family can be effective. Health care providers can help children become more adherent to their medications through counseling and building a trusting relationship with the family.


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