Journal article

Patterns of long-term ADHD medication use in Australian children

Daryl Efron, Melissa Mulraney, Emma Sciberras, Harriet Hiscock, Stephen Hearps, David Coghill

Archives of Disease in Childhood | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Adherence to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication treatment is often suboptimal. This can compromise patient outcomes. We aimed to describe the patterns of ADHD medication use in Australian children, and characteristics associated with patterns of use. DESIGN: Dispensing data were analysed for all redeemed prescriptions of methylphenidate, dexamphetamine and atomoxetine between May 2002 and March 2015 from waves 1 to 6 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (n=4634, age 4-5 years at wave 1). Medication coverage was defined as the proportion of time between the first and the last redeemed prescriptions in which the child was taking medication. Associ..

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Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

DE is funded by a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from MCRI. ES is funded by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1110688 (2016-21) and a veski Inspiring Women's Fellowship. HH is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship (1136222). The MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.