Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Managing ADHD: Don't Neglect the Parents

Medscape Psychiatry > Medscape Psychiatry Minute

This comprehensive review examined 55 studies between 1980 and 2011. The interventions that were evaluated in these studies were parent behavior training, combined home and school/day care interventions, and methylphenidate use. Data were extracted using customized software.
The investigators found that more studies of all of these interventions are consistently documenting effectiveness, but parent behavior training interventions had greater evidence of effectiveness than methylphenidate for treatment of preschoolers at risk for ADHD.
As clinicians, we must be careful in our prescribing of stimulants for young children, and we should consider behavioral approaches first. I'm Dr. Peter Yellowlees.

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