Complementary and alternative medicine use in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
D Sinha, D Efron
J Paediatr Child Health | Published : 2005
OBJECTIVES: The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) is increasing in the general population. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that has a major impact on children's functioning and has no cure, therefore many families may try CAM at some stage. We aimed to determine (i) the lifetime incidence of CAM use in a clinical sample of children with ADHD; (ii) parents' perceptions of the effectiveness of CAM for ADHD; and (iii) the proportion who informed their paediatrician. METHODS: The sample was drawn from patients aged 5-17 years with ADHD attending Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne outpatient clinics from May to September 2003. A 20-item ..View full abstract