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Polypharmacy can affect children as well as adults. Although the definition is different, >5 medicines for adults and ≥2 medicines for children, the consequences of inappropriate polypharmacy remain, with increased adverse drug reactions and hospitalisations and potential for drug–drug interactions.1–4 Here we report the results of a survey of healthcare professionals (HCP) towards paediatric polypharmacy working in the UK.
A cross-sectional survey was undertaken over 1 month (November to December 2020). It was designed using Microsoft Forms and consisted of 12 questions: a mixture of multiple-choice, free text and five-point Likert scale questions. The survey was accessed via a weblink and promoted via email, Twitter, the General and Adolescent Paediatric Research Collaborative UK and Ireland network and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group. Participants were asked to complete the survey if they were an HCP with a role in caring for children. They were also asked to forward the link …
Contributors JGM, DBH, LEW and DY conceived and designed the survey. JGM and DBH distributed the survey. JGM collected the responses. The data were analysed and interpreted by JGM and DY. The manuscript was written by JGM. ANR, LEW and DBH critically reviewed and revised the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final version.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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