Medication management issues for adolescents with asthma

M. K. Slack, A. J. Brooks

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Abstract

Issues related to medication use by teens with asthma were studied. Adolescents 13-17 years old who were receiving drug therapy for asthma were recruited to participate in focus groups. Facilitators asked open-ended questions, and the discussion was recorded and coded for content. Participants were asked to complete questionnaires covering attitudes and beliefs, family issues, and communication with physicians and pharmacists. Of 28 teens participating in the focus groups, 26 returned completed questionnaires. The teens considered themselves compliant with medication therapy. They said they talked more to physicians than to pharmacists and received more oral and written information from the physicians. Focus group responses indicated that teens wanted complete responsibility for taking their medications and experienced conflict with adults-parents, teachers, school nurses, and physicians-about medication use. The teens were concerned about adverse effects and the cost of medications and wanted more information about asthma and its treatment. The teens did not disobey their parents or physicians by refusing to take their medications, and peers did not have a negative influence on the teens' asthma management. The primary medication issue for this group of adolescents was managing their medication to control their asthma in spite of inappropriate rules or behavior by adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1417-1421
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Volume52
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Asthma
  • Compliance
  • Costs
  • Patient information
  • Physicians
  • Toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Health Policy

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