ChiroACCESS Clinical Review

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Therapy

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Lead Author(s): 

Dwain M. Daniel, D.C.


How this evidence was rated:

Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT)

Published on

November 5, 2009

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Concerns pertaining to the use of psychostimulants for children have led many parents to seek alternatives for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Up to 64% of children with ADHD have been treated with some form of alternative therapy (1). Although diet therapy, chiropractic and homeopathy are the most common interventions (2;3), good quality studies on any alternative intervention are limited.

Pharmacological interventions are considered to be the primary treatment option by many medical physicians but significant concerns remain relating to safety issues, abuse, side effects and long term effectiveness.

With the exception of behavioral training, all conservative interventions are graded C due to a lack of good quality randomized controlled trials (RCT) which are necessary to fully evaluate effectiveness.

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