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Communication About Attention Deficit Disorder During Pediatric Asthma Visits, Betsy Sleath, Sandra H. Sulzer, Delesha M. Carpenter, Catherine Slota, Christopher Gillette, Stephanie Davis Feb 2014

Communication About Attention Deficit Disorder During Pediatric Asthma Visits, Betsy Sleath, Sandra H. Sulzer, Delesha M. Carpenter, Catherine Slota, Christopher Gillette, Stephanie Davis

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The objectives of the study were to examine provider-family communication about attention deficit disorder during pediatric asthma visits. Children with asthma, aged 8 through 16 and their parents were recruited at five pediatric practices. All medical visits were audio-taped. There were 296 asthmatic children enrolled into the study and 67 of them also had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD communication elements suggested by national guidelines were discussed infrequently. Providers were more likely to discuss, educate, and ask one or more questions about ADHD medications if the visit was non-asthma related. Providers included child input into the ADHD treatment regimen ...