Sanna M. Siponen

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BACKGROUND The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) has been extensively studied globally among adult and paediatric populations. Parents, as a group, had not been studied to assess their knowledge and attitude to CAM and general medicine use. This study is necessary since parents' attitude to medicine use is known to influence their child's(More)
The aim of this study was to measure patterns of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among Finnish children and to explore whether CAM use among children is mainly complementary or alternative. We carried out a cross-sectional population-based survey in spring 2007. The study population consisted of a representative sample (n = 6,000) of(More)
Objective The aim was to describe parental attitudes towards medicine use in children, and the factors associated with them. Setting A cross-sectional population survey of a random sample of children under 12 years of age (n = 6,000) was carried out in Finland in the spring of 2007, with a response rate of 67%. Method A questionnaire was sent to their(More)
Background The association between parental attitudes and medication administered to their children has been studied mainly regarding specific diseases and ailments, e.g. asthma, fever and pain. Little is known about how parental attitudes toward medicines in general are associated with how they medicate their children using self-medication. Objective The(More)
BACKGROUND Socioeconomic inequalities in health are a global problem, not only among the adult population but also among children. However, studies concerning young children especially are rare. The aim of this study was to describe the health of Finnish children under 12 years of age, and the socioeconomic factors associated with health. The socioeconomic(More)
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