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Kid Cards: Teaching Kids About Medicines

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified December 2005 by Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by:
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City Identifier:
First received: August 5, 2005
Last updated: February 6, 2006
Last verified: December 2005

This study is being done to see if education about medicines directed toward children will improve their knowledge. The investigators also want to know if this knowledge lasts over time. Right now there are few medication instructional cards that are appropriate for children. Most of the medication cards provide information for adults. Some studies have shown that by teaching children directly, the children may take medicine at the right time for the right reason, have fewer side effects and know more about their medicine.

The purpose of this research study is to see if education about medication helps children learn more about their medicine and if this knowledge lasts.

Condition Intervention
Hemophilia Sickle Cell Disease Neoplasms Blood Coagulation Disorders Behavioral: Medication Education for Children

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Kid Cards: Teaching Kids About Medicines

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Further study details as provided by Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Develop medication cards appropriate for children
  • Develop a post-test to determine the effectiveness
  • Obtain data to support teaching children about medication

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Assess the clinical implications of this research

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: August 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2005
Detailed Description:

In 2004, then Surgeon General Carmona stated that a health literate individual is more apt to know the answer, when asked how to keep themselves well (AHRQ, 2004). There is a burgeoning movement among medical professionals to address health literacy. Teaching health information to children will empower them to actively participate in their current care and provide self-management skills that will assist them to keep themselves well throughout their lives. Currently, few medication administration instructional cards exist that are appropriate for children. Providing medication information that the child might understand may result in better administration compliance, fewer adverse effects and develop an individual that is knowledgeable regarding medications and appropriate administration. The purpose if this research is to develop medication administration cards, appropriate for children, which provide information on the most commonly used drugs among the Hematology/Oncology population.

The overall objective of this research is to develop medication informational cards for medications frequently used within the Hematology/Oncology pediatric population, and evaluate the effectiveness of these cards, by means of a pre- and post–test.


Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 11 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Between the ages of 7 – 11 years
  • Currently receiving disease management primarily coordinated through the Hematology/Oncology section
  • Receiving a medication identified as a variable for this study
  • Are able to assent and have a parent/guardian who is willing to consent to study participation
  • Suffer no apparent developmental difficulty that would prevent or make study participation difficult

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals who cannot read or write English
  • Individuals who are known to be non-compliant with medication routine and/or adhering to follow-up visits.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00127543

United States, Missouri
Childrens Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Kansas City, Missouri, United States, 64108
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Principal Investigator: Heather E Curry, RN, MSN Childrens Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  More Information Identifier: NCT00127543     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05 06-089E
Study First Received: August 5, 2005
Last Updated: February 6, 2006

Keywords provided by Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City:
Medication Education

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Blood Coagulation Disorders
Hemostatic Disorders
Anemia, Sickle Cell
Anemia, Hemolytic, Congenital
Anemia, Hemolytic
Hematologic Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
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