Stimulant Holidays in Children and Adolescents with ADHD: A Retrospective Study to Explore Variables in Parent and Prescriber Initiated Holidays
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A stimulant holiday is an underutilized and under-researched intervention that could improve patient outcomes and patient and parent satisfaction to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment. Given the pervasive nature of this neurodevelopmental disorder on social, familial, and academic functioning, it is important that treatment remain effective. A retrospective study with a target of 30 participants was conducted to examine parent or provider initiated stimulant holidays and the variables associated with each individual case. The variables analyzed were the duration of the holiday, the medication type, the date of the last dose change, duration of stimulant treatment, age of the patient, gender of the patient, and any other variables potentially impacting the stimulant holidays. Stimulant holidays for both provider and parent initiate holidays were common and holidays lasted between 2 and 14 days. Further research is indicated to explore patient outcomes of stimulant holiday and quality of life.
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