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Young people's experience of ADHD and stimulant medication: a qualitative study for the NICE guideline

Singh, Ilina and Kendall, Tim and Taylor, Clare and Mears, Alex and Hollis, Chris and Batty, Martin and Keenan, Sinead (2010) Young people's experience of ADHD and stimulant medication: a qualitative study for the NICE guideline. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 15 (4). pp. 186-192. ISSN 1475-357X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2010.00565.x

Abstract

Background: The NICE ADHD Guideline Group found a lack of research evidence on young people's experiences with stimulant medications. The present study was commissioned to help fill this gap in the evidence base and to inform the Guideline. Method: Focus groups and 1: 1 interviews with 16 UK young people with ADHD. Results: Young people were positive about taking medication, feeling that it reduced their disruptive behaviour and improved their peer relationships. Young people experienced stigma but this was related more to their symptomatic behaviours than to stimulant drug medication. Conclusions: The study's findings helped to inform the NICE guideline on ADHD by providing evidence that young people's experiences of medication were in general more positive than negative. All NICE Guidelines involving recommendations for the treatment of young people should draw on research evidence of young people's experiences of treatments.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1475-357X
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Research centres and groups > BIOS (Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society)
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2011 15:54
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 15:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/33749

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