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J Child Health Care. 2008 Jun;12(2):116-28. doi: 10.1177/1367493508088549.

'I'm fine doing it on my own': partnerships between young people and their parents in the management of medication for asthma and diabetes.

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  • 1Department of Practice and Policy, School of Pharmacy, University of London, London, UK.


Recent UK policy has highlighted the importance of a young person's family in their care and the need for health professionals to work in partnership with young people and their parents. This research provides health professionals with an insight into how the responsibilities for different aspects of medicine management are shared between young people and their parents in the home. It highlights the dynamic nature of partnerships between parents and young people and the considerable role of young people in medicine management in the home, which contrasts with their more limited involvement in consultations with health care professionals. The findings are based on semi-structured interviews conducted in the participants' own homes, with 69 young people aged 8-15 years (43 young people with asthma; 26 young people with diabetes) and their parents (138 interviews in total), recruited through general practice (GP) surgeries.

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