Kati Sepponen

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WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE The European Paediatric Regulation aims to reduce off-label use of medicines in paediatric pharmacotherapy. Prescribing for off-label use and unauthorized medicines was common in the paediatric wards of the Kuopio University Hospital in 2001. To evaluate the possible impact of the Regulation on the prevalence and the frequency on(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and concomitant use of prescription medicines and self-medication, including over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins, and complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) among Finnish children aged under 12 years. METHODS We carried out a nationwide postal survey of the use of medicines by(More)
The aim of this study was to describe how parents manage their child's postoperative pain at home following day-case surgery. The incidence of pain, different analgesics used and problems related to administering medications were the main interests of the study. A postal questionnaire was sent to the parents of 275 children who were under 8 years of age and(More)
Drug-related problems (DRPs) are common in paediatric pharmacotherapy, but few studies describe them from the parents’ perspective. In the present survey, we have investigated the lifetime prevalence and type of DRPs in children in Finland. This was a population-based survey of a random sample of 6,000 children below 12 years of age in 2007. A questionnaire(More)
PURPOSE The goal was to determine the prevalence of medicine use and to provide population-based information on factors associated with medicine use, including prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, in children aged under 12 years. METHODS A cross-sectional population survey of a random sample of children aged under 12 years (n = 6000) was(More)
The widespread use of day case surgery for minor operations in children places increased emphasis on home care, parental responsibility and attention to suitable analgesia. This study evaluated a training program for doctors and nurses on postoperative analgesia in children by following up parental perceptions of pain relief after discharge. The main(More)
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