Table 3

 Use of stimulant medication (SM) among paediatricians and child psychiatrists

Paediatricians (n = 93)Child psychiatrists (n = 323)
How often is SM used for attentional difficulties?
    Often36 (39%)195 (60%)
    Sometimes51 (55%)125 (39%)
    Never3 (3%)3 (1%)
How often is SM used without a formal diagnosis (for example ADHD) being present?
    Often1 (1%)2 (1%)
    Sometimes54 (58%)194 (60%)
    Never27 (29%)122 (38%)
    Formal diagnoses not used5 (5%)4 (1%)
How would comorbid conduct disorder affect likelihood to prescribe SM?
    More likely16 (17%)37 (11%)
    No difference33 (35%)211 (65%)
    Less likely36 (39%)70 (22%)