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Publication type: Conference poster
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Promoting children : recommendations for dealing with AD(H)D in the decision-making process
Authors: Wieber, Frank
Robin, Dominik
Neumann, Sascha
Schöbi, Dominik
Rüttimann, Dieter
Wimberger, Karin
Walitza, Susanne
von Rhein, Michael
Hotz, Sandra
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-21283
Conference details: WCPH2020 : 16th World Congress on Public Health, Online, 12-16 October 2020
Issue Date: Oct-2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Language: English
Subjects: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); Round-table meetings; Mental disorder; Child and adolescent health; Decision-making; Treatment decision
Subject (DDC): 615: Pharmacology and therapeutics
618.92: Pediatrics
Abstract: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common mental disorder in childhood worldwide. In Switzerland, regional studies indicated an increase in pharmacological treatment, which has led to concerns among politicians, scientists and affected families. This research project investigated how parents choose the treatment for their children, how pediatricians diagnose and treat ADHD, how teachers deal with ADHD, how the different actors cooperate and, most importantly, how affected children can be placed in the center of the efforts. The project used a mixed-method approach. Participants in Switzerland were recruited with the help of professional associations. Parents and teachers/health educators filled in an online survey (n=87 and n=125, respectively) and were interviewed (n=8 and n=10, respectively). Pediatricians filled in an online survey (n=223). The analysis of the parent survey showed that the path to a treatment decision is characterized by lengthy treatment histories. As most important reason for pharmacological treatment, parents reported the suffering, which manifested itself in a variety of problems that started in the school environment but then spilled over to the family system. As central finding from the responses of teachers/health educators and pediatricians, actors from the child's environment (i.e., teachers, physicians, and parents) should cooperate in "round table" meetings that serve to informing the actors and to destigmatizing and involving the child. To promote the well-being of the child, ADHD must be understood, diagnosed and treated as a multifactorial phenomenon. In addition to knowledge, communication and cooperation between the actors are important. The data also suggest a paradigm shift, whereby the conventional "bio-medical" model has already been replaced by an alternative "social construction" model that takes children's environment into account.
Fulltext version: Published version
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Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Health (IPH)
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