Objective We assessed the feasibility of introducing an intervention (children’s Pill School—PS) within a UK hospital to provide swallowing training for children, identified the proportion of children who can be switched from oral liquid medicines to pills and assessed children/parents’ opinions about the PS training.
Methods 30 inpatient children (aged 3–18 years; taking oral liquid medicines; their liquid medications assessed suitable for switching to pills; can (and their parents) speak/understand English were included. Training sessions were delivered using hard sweets of different sizes.
Results 87% (26) of children successfully learnt how to swallow pills after one training session (mean duration 14.5 min), and 92% (24) were discharged on pills. 75 prescribed oral liquid medications were deemed suitable for switching to pills. Of these, 89% (67) were switched successfully.
Conclusion Children as young as 3 years were successful in swallowing pills after training. Providing children PS training session within hospital is feasible and acceptable to children and their parents.
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Contributors ANR, ST, DT and AF developed the concept and design of the study. ANR is responsible for study, follow-up calls and data collection, data management and statistical analysis. ANR drafted the manuscript. ST, DT and NC critically reviewed the manuscript draft.
Funding This study is funded by the Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) and supported by the Evelina London Children’s hospital (grant number: PRUK-2016-PG3-2-A).
Competing interests ANR was funded by the PRUK. ST and DT received fund for their contribution on the project.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Ethics approval This study was approved by the Health Research Authority and Care Research Wales (reference number 18/SC/0285).
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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