An Examination of the Clinical Research on the Medical Treatment of ADHD

George R. Barnes, PhD, Patricia B. Cerrito, PhD, Inessa Levi, PhD
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Feature Article
Spring 2002
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In 1998, the National Institutes of Health held a consensus panel to examine the issue of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The consensus panel concluded that "at the present time, there is a paucity of data providing information on long-term treatment beyond 14 months. Although trials combining drugs and behavioral modalities are under way, conclusive recommendations concerning treatment for the long term cannot be made easily."(1)

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