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Presented at the 17th Annual Research Conference

Perspectives of Parents, Case Managers and Pediatricians on Children and Psychopharmacology: Results from Focus Groups

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Jennifer Taub; Matthew Johnsen; Christina Breault

All Authors for this paper: Jennifer Taub; Matthew Johnsen; Christina Breault

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Focus groups were conducted with three groups affected by issues in prescribing psychoactive medications to children: 1) parents of children with severe emotional disturbances (SED) who have taken psychoactive medications; 2) pediatricians who have prescribed such medications; and 3) case managers who have connected their clients to professionals for medication or medication evaluations. Results indicated a lack of availability of child psychiatric services, and difficulty obtaining thorough diagnostic evaluation and testing for children. While pediatricians felt comfortable diagnosing and prescribing for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), parents and case workers thought pediatricians were too quick to diagnose and prescribe for ADHD and are likely to overlook other issues, such as depression or learning disabilities (LD).

Date: Sunday, February 29, 2004

Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM