The Package leaflet group assignment

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The Package leaflet group assignment

Recommended for 12–16-year-olds.

This assignment is related to a topic for which you can find background information in the section "Are you using your medicine correctly?" of the "Basic information on medicine" page. Background information on adverse reactions can also be found in the "What is medicine?" section of the "Basic information on medicine" page, under "Adverse reactions to medicine”.


Learning goal

The goal of this assignment is to learn how to read package leaflets and evaluate how common the possible adverse reactions are.


Progress of the assignment

Phase 1.

Divide the pupils into groups or pairs, and give each group or pair one package leaflet. The groups look for answers to the following questions in the package leaflets:

  • What is the purpose of the use of the medicine?
  • How does the medicine have an effect?
  • How is the medicine taken?
  • What adverse reactions can the medicine have?
  • Is it stated in connection to the adverse reactions which of them are common and which are rare?

Phase 2.

After the group assignment, discuss the contents of the package leaflet together. During the discussion, the teacher should emphasise the importance of reading the package leaflet before using and storing the medicine. Also discuss the commonness of the adverse reactions. For example, what does a common adverse reaction mean? What about a rare one?



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