Journal article

Methylphenidate and the Risk of Trauma

Kenneth KC Man, Esther W Chan, David Coghill, Ian Douglas, Patrick Ip, Ling-pong Leung, Matthew SH Tsui, Wilfred HS Wong, Ian CK Wong

PEDIATRICS | AMER ACAD PEDIATRICS | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are prone to sustaining trauma that requires emergency department (ED) admission. Methylphenidate (MPH) can reduce ADHD symptoms and may thus theoretically reduce the risk of trauma-related ED admission, but previous studies do not make this association clear. This study examines this association. METHODS: A total of 17 381 patients aged 6 to 19 years who received MPH prescriptions were identified by using the Clinical Data Analysis & Reporting System (2001-2013). Using a self-controlled case series study design, the relative incidence of trauma-related ED admissions was compared with peri..

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