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Adverse Drug Events in Children: How Big is the Problem?

[ Vol. 9 , Issue. 2 ]


Peter J. Zed   Pages 109 - 110 ( 2 )


Adverse drug events in children is an under appreciated but significant cause of health care contact resulting in ED visits and hospital admissions with associated resource utilization. In recent years we have started to better understand the impact of ADEs in children but there remains significant questions that must be addressed to further improve our understanding of the etiology of these ADEs and strategies for prevention and management. This paper will describe what is known regarding the frequency, severity, preventability and classification of ADEs in children. It will also describe some of the challenges and unanswered questions regarding patient, drug and system factors, which contribute to ADEs in children. Finally, areas of future research will be identified to further improve our understanding of ADEs in children to inform prevention strategies as well as early recognition and management approaches to minimize the significant ADEs can have on children, families and our health care system.


Adverse drug events, adverse events, adverse drug reaction, emergency department, hospitalization, patient safety, pediatrics.


Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of British Columbia, 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z3.

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