Breastfeeding information in pharmacology textbooks: a content analysis

Amir, Lisa H., Raval, Manjri, and Hussainy, Safeera Y. (2013) Breastfeeding information in pharmacology textbooks: a content analysis. Breastfeeding Review, 21 (2). pp. 31-37.

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Abstract

Women often need to take medicines while breastfeeding and pharmacists need to provide accurate information in order to avoid undue caution about the compatibility of medicines and breastfeeding. The objective of this study was to review information provided about breastfeeding in commonly used pharmacology textbooks. We asked 15 Australian universities teaching pharmacy courses to provide a list of recommended pharmacology textbooks in 2011. Ten universities responded, generating a list of 11 textbooks that we analysed for content relating to breastfeeding. Pharmacology textbooks outline the mechanisms of actions of medicines and their use: however, only a small emphasis is placed on the safety/compatibility of medicines for women during breastfeeding. Current pharmacology textbooks recommended by Australian universities have significant gaps in their coverage of medicine use in breastfeeding. Authors of textbooks should address this gap, so academic staff can recommend texts with the best lactation content.

Item ID: 33400
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0729-2759
Keywords: breastfeeding; education; medication; pharmacology; textbooks
Date Deposited: 25 May 2014 06:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences > 111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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