Determining parents' preferences and goals for ADHD treatment is an important part of treatment decision-making.
A study in the October 2013 Pediatrics, "Parental Preferences and Goals Regarding ADHD Treatment" (published online September 2), found that parents whose goal was to improve their child's academic achievement often initiated a medication-based treatment.
Parents whose goal was improving their child's behavior and interpersonal relationships were more likely to choose behavior therapy.
When seeking out ADHD treatment options, it is important to be involved in the shared decision-making process with your pediatrician.
This involves the active participation of families and pediatricians before initiating treatment, discussing risks and benefits of particular therapies, and the likelihood of achieving desired outcomes.
Dr. Andrew Adesman, MD joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the varied options for parents when deciding the appropriate path of treatment.