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Pharmacological interventions for ADHD: how do adolescent and adult patient beliefs and attitudes impact treatment adherence?

Authors McCarthy S

Received 30 May 2014

Accepted for publication 1 July 2014

Published 25 September 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 1317—1327


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Suzanne McCarthy

School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Abstract: Adherence to medication can be problematic for patients, especially so for patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Effective medications are available for the treatment of ADHD; however, nonadherence rates for ADHD medication range from 13.2%–64%. The reasons for nonadherence can be complex. This review aims to look at how the beliefs and attitudes of adolescents and adults impact ADHD treatment adherence.

Keywords: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, medication, stimulant, attitude, belief, adherence

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