Knowledge of Over the Counter Medications Among Caregivers of Children in Grades K-8

Monica Blankenship Butler University, Alexandra McBrearty Butler University, Nick Hoffmeister Butler University, Jade Jochem Butler University, Kenzi Williamson Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Chad Knoderer Butler University, Kristen Nichols Butler University
Understanding over-the-counter (OTC) medication products can be difficult for some caregivers of children. Perceptions and knowledge of OTC products among caregivers of children in Indiana who are in kindergarten through 8th grades (K-8th) are unknown. The objective of this study was to describe caregivers’ knowledge and perceptions of OTC medications in children and to determine any factors that may influence these. Caregivers of children in grades K-8th were invited to participate in this IRB-approved survey with a link to a 30-question online survey distributed to members of parent teacher organizations associated with Indianapolis school systems. A total of 39 respondents completed the survey. 92.3% reported completing a bachelor's degree or above, and 46.1% of respondents reporting multiple children in grades K-8th. 70% of respondents reported no current or past work in the medical field. Of the respondents with a bachelor's degree and above, 50% never consult with a pharmacist, compared to 66.7% of those with less than a bachelor’s degree that never consult with a pharmacist (p = 0.307). When given an acetaminophen OTC medication label, 100% of respondents made the correct recommendation for both weight-based dosing examples. Additionally, 94.6% and 94.9% of respondents made the correct recommendation for both age-based dosing examples. Nearly all caregivers in our study, regardless of educational background, could properly interpret a drug label for age and weight-based dosing. There could be education opportunities to increase caregiver consultations with pharmacists.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
Oral Presentation

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11:00 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 212