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Family Centered Care Effective in ADHD Therapy

by Julia Samuel on  March 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Family-centered compassionate care seems to be more effective then standard care for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Family Centered Care Effective in ADHD Therapy
Family Centered Care Effective in ADHD Therapy
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Dr. Michael Silverstein, Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues randomized 156 children to receive either standard care or enhanced collaborative care. The children in this study, ranging from age 6-12, had not been diagnosed with ADHD at the start of the study but 40% of them were found to have ADHD symptoms and were recommended for testing by their primary care doctors. The children had ADHD were followed up for a year.

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Enhanced collaborative care involved several days of training by care managers to teach parents healthy parenting skills and interact with families in an open-minded, non-judgmental, empathetic way. After one year, the children as a whole showed improvements in hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention, and social skills.

Difficulty adhering to the therapy for economic, family, or other reasons, a mother's mental health problems and other conditions the child has, such as oppositional defiance disorder, depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, or even post-traumatic stress disorder can interfere with a child's ability to receive successful treatment. The enhanced collaborative care approach tried to help with those factors, Silverstein said.

Source: Medindia
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