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Table 1 Characteristic of caregivers and children

From: Medication-related knowledge, administration practice and adherence among caregivers of chronically ill children in Malaysia

Demographic characteristics n (%); n = 141
Caregivers
 Relationship with child
  Mother 128 (90.8)
  Father 12 (8.5)
  Relative 1 (0.7)
 Receiving help from
  Another parent 55 (39.0)
  Other family members 27 (19.1)
  None 59 (41.8)
 Highest educational level
  Secondary education 83 (58.9)
  Tertiary education 52 (36.9)
  No formal education/ Primary education 6 (4.2)
 Occupation
  Stay-home parents 63 (44.7)
  Professional 19 (13.5)
  Semi-professional 45 (31.9)
  Labourer 14 (9.9)
 Marital status
  Married 135 (95.7)
  Single 6 (4.3)
 Requiring help to read medication labels?
  Never 134 (95.1)
  Rarely 3 (2.1)
  Always 1 (0.7)
  Never reading 3 (2.1)
 Sources of medications
  Only this hospital 119 (84.4)
  Other government-funded hospital/clinic 7 (5.0)
  Private pharmacy/clinic/hospital 10 (7.0)
 Number of medications administered to children
  1 58 (41.1)
  2 62 (44.0)
  3 18 (12.8)
  4 3 (2.1)
Children
 Age, year [mean (SD)] 5.45 (3.39)
 Gender
  Male 78 (55.3)
  Female 63 (44.7)
 Number of chronic illnesses
  1 138 (97.9)
   ≥ 2 3 (2.1)
Pharmaceutical Dosage Form (n = 248)a
 Inhalation 110 (44.4)
 Oral liquid 65 (26.2)
 Tablet 54 (21.8)
 Dispersible tablet 14 (5.6)
 Nasal spray 2 (0.8)
 Intravenous injection 1 (0.4)
 Granules 1 (0.4)
 Gargle solution 1 (0.4)
  1. athere was a total of 248 medication being assessed