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Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2004;13 Suppl 1:I7-30.

European clinical guidelines for hyperkinetic disorder -- first upgrade.

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Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry Kings College London, de Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF, UK. e.taylor@iop.kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The validity of clinical guidelines changes over time, because new evidence-based knowledge and experience develop.

OBJECTIVE:

Hence, the European clinical guidelines on hyperkinetic disorder from 1998 had to be evaluated and modified.

METHOD:

Discussions at the European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders (EUNETHYDIS) and iterative critique of each clinical analysis. Guided by evidence-based information and based on evaluation (rather than metaanalysis) of the scientific evidence a group of child psychiatrists and psychologists from several European countries updated the guidelines of 1998. When reliable information is lacking the group gives a clinical consensus when it could be found among themselves.

RESULTS:

The group presents here a set of recommendations for the conceptualization and management of hyperkinetic disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

CONCLUSION:

A general scheme for practice in Europe could be provided, on behalf of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP).

PMID:
15322953
DOI:
10.1007/s00787-004-1002-x
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