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Assessment of outcome of an ADHD treatment program using parent feedback

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Author(s): Hemamali Perera | Kamal Chandima Jeewandara | Sudharshi Seneviratne | Chandima Guruge

Journal: Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry
ISSN 2012-6883

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: ADHD | treatment | parent feed back | Sri Lanka

ABSTRACT
Background Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common behaviour disorder in children where the associated aggressive tendencies, learning difficulties and poor social skills pose a substantial burden of care on the parents. However, in traditional clinical practice, parental expectation of outcome of treatment is rarely considered. Aims This study prospectively analysed an outpatient treatment programme for children with ADHD, where parents provided feedback on the outcome of treatment. Methods Parents completed structured formats to provide information on presenting complaints, outcome at 3 months and 6 months after commencing treatment and side effects of the drug methylphenidate. Parents also attended psycho-educational and support groups. Results Of the 102 patients, parents reported a positive outcome in the majority. There was significantly better improvement in symptoms of ADHD at 6 months when compared to 3 months of treatment (p
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