Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
versión impresa ISSN 0034-7450
PALACIO, Juan David et al. Findings from a Survey on ADHD Clinical Management Experience. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2009, vol.38, suppl.1, pp. 159-177. ISSN 0034-7450.
Introduction: Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) treatment must be adapted to the needs and resources of Latin America, and to achieve this, it is suggested that a consensus for the ADHD approach and management of be made in each country. Objective: to describe the opinion of the Colombian professionals about clinical management of ADHD in order to make a base document for a future consensus. Method: A “Survey on ADHD Clinical Management Experience” was designed and applied to 78 Colombian ADHD specialists (child psychiatrist and neurologists). Results: These specialists informed on the profiles of their patients. as well as the assessment and clinical management of ADHA Methylphenidate is generally the chosen treatment, combined with behavioral changes, and with other therapies in a few cases. About 52% of patients do not finish the initial evaluation or drop out during the first year. The follow-up of ADHD cases is difficult due to different causes, among these those related to the health care system and media information. Poor treatment compliance may be due, in part, to the parents' prejudice against ADHD and its treatment. Conclusions: This survey showed the current trend regarding the clinical management of ADHD among the Colombian specialist, and some limitations in the follow-up of these patients in Colombia.
Palabras llave : Attention deficit-hyperactive disorder; consensus; treatment; prejudice; Latin America.