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Are the effects of methylphenidate uncertain?

  • S. Cortese (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4)
Abstract
Objectives

A recent systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of methylphenidate (MPH) in children and adolescents by a Cochrane group, led by Storebø, raised concern around the level of evidence supporting the use of this medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents. This led to several critical responses from a number of ADHD experts.

Methods

This paper reviews the conclusions reached from the Storebø meta-analysis by a critical analysis of methodologies used along with drawing on extant literature.

Results

The controversy raised by the Cochrane meta-analysis should lead to a balanced reflection on the research priorities and needs for the field.

Conclusions

It is hoped the controversy will ultimately lead to improve the quality of the research on the efficacy, effectiveness and tolerability of MPH for ADHD.

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*Address for correspondence: S. Cortese, M.D., Ph.D., Academic Unit of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. (Email: samuele.cortese@gmail.com)
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