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New Game Makes Medicine Taste Better
Ottawa, February 2, 2011 - The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) introduces a new game-based approach to help make medicine taste better.

Designed in collaboration with the Education Portfolio of the McGill University Health Centre and McGill Molson Medical Informatics, this game can be a fun way to support young children who need to take medication. It contains useful information and tips for each of the different forms of medication commonly taken by children – tablets, capsules and liquids.

“Children are often reluctant to take a medication because they fear it will taste bad, and it can become quite a struggle for parents to ensure that they administer the medication effectively,” explains Dr. Régis Vaillancourt, director of Pharmacy at CHEO. “This will help children become more comfortable with taking their medicine, so they receive the benefits of the medication without developing a negative association with taking it.”

Helping Medication Taste Better looks similar to a board game, but is a series of files that parents can download and print directly from the Internet. In the future, young patients may also be able to play the game online. The information in the game can help children learn different ways to improve the taste of their medication or to trick their taste buds, and includes tips to help parents ensure that the medicine is being stored and used safely. Helping Medication Taste Better is available in both French and English, and free for unaltered use to the public.

The tool has been reviewed and accepted by nurses, child-life specialists, education and patient education experts, directors of pharmacy across Canada, and by CHEO’s Multicultural Committee. It has also been validated by pharmacists internationally through the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

CHEO’s information sheets can be found in PDF format at

About the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO):
CHEO is a pediatric health and research center providing outstanding family-centered patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow.

About McGill University Health Centre (MUHC):
One of the world’s foremost academic health centers, the MUHC offers exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research and teaching. It is committed to the continuum of care in its community, an interprofessional and a multidisciplinary approach to care, and the use of innovative technologies and practices. The MUHC is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University.

About the MUHC Education Portfolio (MEP):
The MUHC Education Portfolio (MEP) is an inter-professional group, representing clinicians, educators, senior managers and administrators, whose mandate is to support the growing educational needs of staff, students, patients and their families. With particular emphasis on new and innovative approaches to support learning, address literacy and health literacy, this project supports joint clinical decision-making, self care-management, and continuity of care.

About McGill Molson Medical Informatics (MMMI):
Founded in 1997 by a grant from the Molson Foundation, the McGill Molson Medical Informatics Project is an arts-informed, informatics-based initiative which promotes the use of innovative approaches and teaching strategies to enhance patient education, while supporting inter-professional collaboration and sharing. The Project is committed to the use of multimedia imagery to support teaching and learning in healthcare, for students, practitioners, patients and families.

For more information, please contact:
Marie Bélanger, Media Relations Specialist, at (613) 737-2343
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