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G139(P) The voice of children with ADHD and their wishes
  1. K Puvanendran,
  2. M Nagaraj
  1. Community Paediatrics, CDC, Thurrock Hospital, Grays. Essex, UK

Abstract

Aim It is recommended that all health organisations must demonstrate how they have listened to the voice of children and young people, and how this will improve their health outcomes. Children with ADHD attending the follow up clinic participated.

Method A touch pad was used to collect questionnaire based information over a three month period. 36 completed data were analysed to evaluate their satisfaction and wishes.

Results Demography: 76% Male. 24% Female. 50% were in the age group 6–10, 47% 11–15 and 3% 16–18.

How the child feels:

Level of satisfaction/understanding

Children’s wishes

Conclusion 76% of children are male. Approximately equal number of primary and secondary school age. 36% of children are unhappy about having ADHD. 31% are unhappy at school. It is good to note 95% are happy at home. 45% are happy with medication and 12% unhappy. 91% reported that the paediatrician listened to them. 31% have a good understanding of ADHD. Varying wishes as above; mostly related to improving social skills and self-esteem. This has also been highlighted by parents. The needs of parents and children need to be addressed.

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