Parents' Goals Guide ADHD Treatment Choice

Therapy may be more successful when decision-making is shared, researcher suggests

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Fiks thought that parents might see behavior problems as distinct from medical problems. "When parents think about behavior problems as non-medical, then non-medical treatments might seem more acceptable," he noted.

Both experts thought that involving the parents in the decision-making would likely lead to more parent participation in the chosen treatment, which could improve treatment outcomes.

"This study drives home the importance of soliciting family preferences around treatment options, and pediatricians would be well-advised to engage parents and try to elicit any treatment preferences and biases they may have," said Adesman.

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Learn more about available ADHD treatment options from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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