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TOPIC: Parents' Goals Tied To Choice Of Treatment

Parents' Goals Tied To Choice Of Treatment 03 Sep 2013 20:38 #268

Parents' Goals Tied To Choice Of Behavior Therapy Or Medication
Posted September 2, 2013 by Genevra Pittman


Parents' goals and concerns for their children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may influence their decision to start behavior therapy or medication, according to a new study that researchers say supports a shared decision-making approach to ADHD treatment.

Researchers found parents who were focused on their child's academic achievement were twice as likely to have the child started on medications, which include Adderall and Ritalin, as other parents.

Parents who expressed goals of improved behavior and interpersonal relationships were 60 percent more likely to start behavior therapy - which involves parents meeting with a counselor to learn how to manage a child's behavior.

"Studies like this really suggest that taking a shared decision-making approach may be one way to match the kids for whom (treatment) is warranted to the best treatment," Dr. Alexander Fiks, from The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said.

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