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Evidence for the Multimodal Treatment of Children with ADHD

What is the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD? What are the major findings of this study so far?

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Over the past year you may have seen preliminary reports of results from the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA). This is the largest and most comprehensive treatment study of ADHD that has ever been conducted. Last month, the initial papers reporting the results from this study were published. This is a landmark study with a number of important implications. (see study (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/trials/nimh-research-treatment-adhd-study.shtml)).

Q1. What is the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD? (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/trials/nimh-research-treatment-adhd-study.shtml)

Research indicates that for many children the best way to mitigate symptoms of ADHD is the use of a combined approach. A recent study by the NIMH-the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA)-is the longest and most thorough study of the effects of ADHD interventions (MTA Cooperative Group, 1999a, 1999b). The study followed 579 children between the ages of 7 and 10 at six sites nationwide and in Canada.

The MTA brought together 18 nationally recognized authorities in ADHD at 6 different university medical centers and hospitals to evaluate the leading treatments for ADHD, including various forms of behavior therapy and medications. The study has included nearly 600 elementary school children, ages 7-10, randomly assigned to one of four treatment modes: (1) medication alone; (2) psychosocial/behavioral treatment alone; (3) a combination of both; or (4) routine community care.

In all instances, the child's parents contacted the investigators to learn more about the study, after first hearing about it through local pediatricians, ...

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This solution addresses the questions; What is the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD? What are the major findings of this study so far? This the largest study to date on the treatment of children with ADHD. The links for study are also provided.

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