Parents' Poor Math Skills May = Medication Errors, New York University School of Medicine Study
Published: Apr 30, 2012
Parents with poor math skills are more likely than others to give incorrect doses of medicine to their children, a new study finds. The study included 289 parents of children younger than 8 years who were prescribed a short course of liquid medication after being seen in a pediatric emergency department. The parents were given three tests to assess their math and reading skills, and researchers also watched the parents as they measured out a dose of the medication prescribed for their child.