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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Sep;53(10):949-59. doi: 10.1177/0009922814543323.

Parents' goals for ADHD care in a clinical pediatric sample.

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1
Total Child Health, Inc, Baltimore, MD, USA The University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA lmcgoron@chadis.com.
2
The Center for the Promotion of Child Development through Primary Care, Baltimore, MD, USA The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.
3
The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, USA.
4
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.
5
Total Child Health, Inc, Baltimore, MD, USA.
6
Life Bridge Health, Inc, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This report describes goals parents have for their children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when coming for a pediatric visit.

METHOD:

Data were collected from 441 parents of children presenting to either a primary care pediatric practice or a developmental behavioral pediatric practice. Parents were asked to report their top 1 or 2 goals for improvement for their children, and responses were coded into 17 categories. These categories were further grouped into 7 goal composites and examined in relation to demographic characteristics of the families, office type, and symptomology.

RESULTS:

Goals related to reducing symptoms of inattention were most common, but goals were heterogeneous in nature. Goals were meaningfully, but modestly, related to symptomology. In several instances, symptoms of comorbid conditions interacted with symptoms of ADHD in relation to specific goals being reported.

CONCLUSIONS:

Parents' goals extended beyond ADHD symptoms. Pediatricians need an array of resources to address parents' goals.

KEYWORDS:

attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); collaborative care; comorbidity; parental goals

PMID:
25082952
PMCID:
PMC4312546
DOI:
10.1177/0009922814543323
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