Consent for medical treatment of ADHD in children and young people
The effective treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can prevent academic, occupational and relationship problems and reduce the risk of hospitalisation, substance misuse and criminality. The clinical encounter with the majority of children presenting for ADHD treatment is straightforward and proceeds without difficulty. Occasionally, however, treatment gets tangled in disputes, which sometimes involve consent. Although guidelines on consent are readily available, applying them to frontline clinical situations can sometimes prove challenging.
ADHD in practice 2016; 8(2): 24–27
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