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Youth Views on Communication About ADHD and Medication Adherence


The purpose of this study was to examine youth perceptions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) communication with their pediatric providers, their reported adherence to their ADHD medications, and their desired location for an ADHD educational program. Youth ages 7 through 17 with an ADHD diagnosis were recruited. A research associate interviewed the youth. Parents completed demographic questionnaires. Seventy families participated. One-third of the youth wanted more discussion about ADHD with their providers during visits. The average youth had over eight questions about ADHD and its treatment. Most youth wanted to learn about ADHD at their provider’s office. Non-white and older youth were significantly more likely to be less adherent to their ADHD medications. Youth want their providers to engage them more during visits. Providers should take advantage of this interest to engage youth more in discussions regarding ADHD and its treatment during pediatric ADHD visits.

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The study was performed in accordance with the tenants of the Declaration of Helsinki (1964) and was HIPAA compliant. This study was approved by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institutional Review Board and was conducted with the human subjects’ understanding and consent.

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Sleath, B., Carpenter, D.M., Sayner, R. et al. Youth Views on Communication About ADHD and Medication Adherence. Community Ment Health J 53, 438–444 (2017).

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  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Youth
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Communication
  • Medication adherence