Department of Economics and Business Economics

Common Danish standards in prescribing medication for children and adolescents with ADHD

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Assessing whether symptoms of attention-deficity hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children are ageinappropriate is essential. Hence, comparing children within one school grade is problematic and the risk of applying relative standards is inherent. Being young-for-grade increases the likelihood of receiving medication in countries with high prevalence of ADHD medication. We test the same hypothesis in a cohort of 418,396 children and find no difference between children who are young-for-grade and old-for-gade. The Danish system, with its restrictive approache to medication and clear diagnostic guidelines seems to have avoided a systematic bias of ADHD medication in young children reported in other countries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Pages (from-to)841-844
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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