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Treatment Options for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
What To Discuss With Your Patients and Their Caregivers
Things you should discuss with your patients and their caregivers regarding ADHD in children include:
- How ADHD affects children and their families.
- Potential benefits associated with nonpharmacologic interventions such as parental behavior therapy programs.
- Potential benefits and adverse effects associated with psychostimulants and nonstimulants. In choosing medications, it is useful to discuss dose timing and monitoring to make choices most compatible with treatment goals and patient schedules and lifestyle.
- Patient preferences regarding diagnosis and treatment options, including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions.
- How they can access information from the National Resource Center on ADHD about diagnosis and treatment, educational programs, public benefits, and other issues. The Center is supported with funding from the Federal Government through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ADHD information can be accessed online at www.help4adhd.org or by phone at 800-233-4050.
- Charach A, Dashti B, Carson P, et al. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Effectiveness of Treatment in At-Risk Preschoolers; Long-Term Effectiveness in All Ages; and Variability in Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 44 (Prepared by McMaster University Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. MME 2202 290-02-0020). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2011. AHRQ Publication No. 11(12)-EHC003-EF. Available at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/adhdtreatment.cfm.
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