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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 2969-2973

Parental perception of medications safe storage in the State of Qatar

1 Department of Pediatrics, Section of Academic General Pediatrics, Sidra Medicine; Department of Pediatrics, Section of Academic General Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation; Department of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill.Cornell Medicine, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Medical Education. Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
3 Department of Pediatrics, Section of Academic General Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

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Dr. Manar Saleh
Department of Medical Education, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha - 26999
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1259_20

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify parental perception of household medication storage. Methods: A prospective cross-sectional study utilizing a questionnaire was carried out at Hamad Medical Corporation, the solely tertiary pediatric hospital in the State of Qatar at the time of the study. Qatar is a young developing country with limited data on the awareness of medication storage among adults with children at home and on the safety practices regarding medication storage. Results: Three hundred and five questionnaires were completed. The vast majority of parents were married, one-third of them were males, and more than three quarters were college graduates and younger than 40 years of age. Almost 80% of the parents had more than three children but less than seven. In addition, 23% of participants were health-care workers. Almost 90% of the participants stored medications in a place that is easy to reach. However, the same percentage stated that those medications were stored in a locked place and that children did not have access to them. Approximately 10% of caregivers store multiple medications in one bottle, and the same percentage of participants do not check the expiration date on the medication labels. In terms of the most common medications stored at home, antihypertensives were on top of the list. Our study has shown that parental education and being a health-care worker were each associated with the difficulty in reaching medications (P = 0.006 and P = 0.011, respectively). Moreover, the percentage of participants who shared medications was significantly higher among those who were not working in the health-care section compared to those who were (P = 0.004). In addition, being a female parent and a college graduate was associated with the possibility of keeping excess or leftover medications at home (P = 0.025). Conclusion: Parents residing in the State of Qatar have some deficiencies in knowledge about medication storage. Parent's attitudes and perceptions are deemed vital objectives for population's health intervention.

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