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Table 4 Annual incidence (2003–2008) of pharmacologically treated ADHD (methylphenidate, dexamfetamine and atomoxetine) by age category and gender

From: The epidemiology of pharmacologically treated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults in UK primary care

Age Category Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
6-12 years
Female Incidence*1000 0.272 0.388 0.358 0.425 0.433 0.424
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.181 0.277 0.252 0.309 0.314 0.307
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.393 0.528 0.494 0.571 0.581 0.571
Male Incidence*1000 1.982 2.036 2.013 2.476 2.331 2.101
95% Cl (lb)*1000 1.725 1.776 1.753 3.188 2.049 1.833
95% Cl (ub)*1000 2.267 2.325 2.300 2.793 2.642 2.397
Total Incidence*1000 1.145 1.229 1.201 1.470 1.400 1.278
95% Cl (lb)*1000 1.005 1.084 1.058 1.311 1.243 1.128
95% Cl (ub)*1000 1.300 1.388 1.359 1.643 1.570 1.441
13-17 years
Female Incidence*1000 0.102 0.178 0.168 0.224 0.318 0.270
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.0471 0.095 0.090 0.133 0.208 0.169
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.210 0.304 0.288 0.354 0.465 0.409
Male Incidence*1000 0.666 1.160 1.063 1.174 1.052 0.977
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.496 0.937 0.852 0.954 0.845 0.777
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.876 1.422 1.309 1.429 1.295 1.212
Total Incidence*1000 0.400 0.691 0.631 0.710 0.691 0.629
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.303 0.566 0.514 0.587 0.571 0.514
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.516 0.836 0.767 0.851 0.829 0.762
18-24 years
Female Incidence*1000 0.013 0.037 0.000 0.023 0.022 0.021
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.000 0.008 0.000 0.003 0.003 0.002
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.071 0.108 0.044 0.082 0.079 0.074
Male Incidence*1000 0.022 0.096 0.041 0.070 0.087 0.159
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.003 0.044 0.011 0.028 0.040 0.092
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.080 0.182 0.106 0.144 0.165 0.254
Total Incidence*1000 0.018 0.069 0.022 0.048 0.056 0.093
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.004 0.036 0.006 0.022 0.028 0.056
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.052 0.120 0.057 0.091 0.101 0.145
25-45 years
Female Incidence*1000 0.000 0.009 0.006 0.011 0.003 0.016
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.000 0.002 0.001 0.003 0.000 0.006
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.011 0.025 0.020 0.028 0.015 0.036
Male Incidence*1000 0.008 0.011 0.022 0.013 0.019 0.027
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.002 0.003 0.009 0.004 0.008 0.013
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.024 0.028 0.043 0.031 0.039 0.049
Total Incidence*1000 0.004 0.010 0.014 0.013 0.011 0.022
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.001 0.004 0.007 0.006 0.005 0.012
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.012 0.020 0.025 0.023 0.021 0.035
>45 years
Female Incidence*1000 0.004 0.000 0.000 0.002 0.002 0.000
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.013 0.007 0.007 0.10 0.010 0.006
Male Incidence*1000 0.000 0.000 0.004 0.002 0.004 0.009
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.003
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.008 0.007 0.014 0.011 0.014 0.021
Total Incidence*1000 0.002 0.000 0.002 0.002 0.003 0.004
95% Cl (lb)*1000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.001 0.001
95% Cl (ub)*1000 0.007 0.004 0.007 0.007 0.008 0.010