ADHD - Do Guidelines Translate Into Service?
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2007
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 73–75, May 2007
How to Cite
Moosa, F. and Lohawala, A. (2007), ADHD - Do Guidelines Translate Into Service?. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 12: 73–75. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2007.00441.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 23 MAR 2007
Background: ADHD is a condition with wide ranging implications for children diagnosed with it, health professionals and the agencies setting benchmarks for good practice.
Aim: We set out to measure the adherence of our service to guidelines and to identify service needs.
Method: An audit of cases referred and diagnosed with ADHD during 2004–2005.
Results: The service scored well in areas of assessment and management with stimulants. Potential areas to be addressed included age of referral, differences in referrals across ethnic groups, providing psychosocial interventions coupled with medication and shared care.
Conclusion: It is possible to provide a service that adheres as closely as possible to the guidelines.