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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Management

ADHD is the most common behavioral disorder in children, occurring in 6 to 8 percent of the pediatric population. When left untreated, it can cause difficulty staying focused, paying attention and controlling behavior, as well as hyperactivity (over-activity). This can be a real struggle for children and their families, especially concerning school. A child's "job" is to go to school from kindergarten through 12th grade, so it's important that children with ADHD receive effective treatment to help them be as successful as possible in school and other activities.

That's why Children's Physicians encourages families to schedule assessments every 6 months for children with ADHD. These semi-annual visits give pediatricians the chance to assess how the child is doing at school, at home and with friends. They can review medication side effects with parents and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. In addition, the pediatrician can assess the child for other behavioral problems (anxiety and depression are closely associated with ADHD). All of this helps ensure that the child's ADHD is managed as well as possible so the child can lead a productive life.

The chart below shows our progress. While we are proud to say that we are among the top in the country in terms of follow-up care, we are not at 100 percent. That's because we can't include the families who have not yet brought their children in for semi-annual assessments. We will continue to reach out to these families and look forward to seeing them in our offices and our numbers increasing for 2013.

  Our Score  
2009
  Our Score  
2010
  Our Score  
2011

  Our Score  
2012

 National Standards 
Top 10 percent*  

Semi-Annual Assessment
Percentage of patients with an ADHD diagnosis
on medication with documentation of a follow-
up visit twice a year.

92 percent

92 percent

93 percent

95 percent

51 percent

*This means that the top 10 percent of facilities measuring this quality standard scored at least a 51 percent.