Quality improvement guideline adherence improves ADHD symptoms but not related impairments

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Noteworthy observations were obtained after researchers tested the effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention called ADHD Collaborative, which was designed to enhance physician adherence to evidence-based, ADHD treatment guidelines. According to findings published in the February Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, adhering to the quality improvement guidelines for treating ADHD relieved symptoms but did not positively affect the ability of children to foster relationships or perform in school. That fact that adhering to the guidelines relieved symptoms but did not improve functional impairment brings attention to the need for both mental health and child education professionals to be involved in treating ADHD in kids. Jeffery N. Epstein, PhD, of the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, and colleagues, wrote, “This finding highlights the need for physicians to work with or refer patients to educational and mental healthcare specialists who can work with children to develop skills to address targeted areas of deficit.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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