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Prescribing in obese children: how good are paediatricians?

Collier, Helen and Nasim, Maria and Gandhi, Anjum (2017) Prescribing in obese children: how good are paediatricians? Archives of disease in childhood, 102 (1). pp. 61-62. ISSN 1468-2044. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Official URL: http://adc.bmj.com/content/102/1/61.long

Abstract

Childhood obesity is increasing nationally and worldwide. Using the child's total body weight to calculate drug doses for certain medications could result in incorrect dosing. The aim of this study was to assess whether paediatric doctors have knowledge about prescribing correct doses of medications for obese children by using methods to calculate the 'ideal body weight' (IBW). A questionnaire was sent to paediatric doctors asking whether they understand IBW and how to calculate it using the McLaren method. The results suggested that most paediatric doctors did not determine whether a child was obese when calculating drug doses. There was relatively poor understanding about the concept of IBW and only 9% of paediatricians in this study knew how to calculate it. There should be more training and guidance about calculating IBW in obese children to avoid potentially toxic errors.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WS Paediatrics. Child health
Divisions: Clinical Support > Pharmacy
Womens and Childrens > Paediatrics
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Depositing User: Preeti Puligari
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 12:40
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 12:40
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1316

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