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J Paediatr Child Health. 1999 Oct;35(5):450-3.

Utilization of alternative therapies in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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  • 1State Child Development Centre, West Perth, Western Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify the prevalence of use, the referral patterns and the perceived benefit of alternative therapy in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

METHODOLOGY:

A mailed questionnaire survey was undertaken in June 1993, of the use of various therapies by families of 381 children with ADHD. The respondent rate was 76%.

RESULTS:

Of respondents, 69% were using stimulant medication and 64% had used or were using a non-prescriptional therapy. Diet therapies were the most commonly used alternative therapy (60%). There was no statistical difference in the prevalence of use of other therapies between the medicated and non-medicated groups. The non-medicated group reported more benefit from some alternative therapies. Physicians were commonly involved in the suggestion to try a modified diet. School teachers, family and friends were the main source of suggestion of alternative therapies.

CONCLUSION:

Clinicians should be aware of the range of alternative therapies and of their frequent use by families of children with attentional problems.

PMID:
10571757
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