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Challenges in defining the rates of ADHD diagnosis and treatment: trends over the last decade

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Pediatrics, December 2017
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Title
Challenges in defining the rates of ADHD diagnosis and treatment: trends over the last decade
Published in
BMC Pediatrics, December 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12887-017-0971-0
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Authors

Michael Davidovitch, Gideon Koren, Naama Fund, Maayan Shrem, Avi Porath

Abstract

There is a global trend of large increases in the prevalence and incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This study aimed to address potential causes of these major changes. The authors used a large cohort to analyze data employing patients' electronic medical records, with physicians' diagnosis of ADHD, including records of medication purchases. The prevalence of ADHD diagnoses rose twofold from 6.8% to 14.4% between 2005 and 2014 (p < 0.001), while the ratio of males to females with ADHD decreased from 2.94 in 2005 to 1.86 in 2014 (p < 0.001). The incidence increased, peaking in 2011 before declining in 2014. ADHD medication usage by children and adolescents was 3.57% in 2005 and 8.51% by 2014 (p < 0.001). We report a dramatic increase in the rate of ADHD diagnoses. One of the leading factors to which we attribute this increase is the physicians' and parents' changed attitude towards diagnosing attention/hyperactivity problems, with more parents appear to consider ADHD diagnosis and treatment as a means to improve their child's academic achievements, commonly with the aid of medications. This change in attitude may also be associated with the dramatic increase in female ADHD diagnosis prevalence.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 156 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 27 17%
Student > Master 26 17%
Researcher 16 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 10%
Student > Postgraduate 6 4%
Other 21 13%
Unknown 44 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 30 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 25 16%
Neuroscience 9 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 4%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 4%
Other 29 19%
Unknown 50 32%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 374. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 October 2022.
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