Identification, Diagnosis & Treatment of Child Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder A Package for First Contact Health Providers
Created by: Stan Kutcher, MD, FRCPC, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health & Director, WHO Collaborating Center, Dalhousie University, (Halifax, NS)
Iliana Garcia-Ortega, MD, Psychiatrist Research Associate Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre (Halifax, NS)
External Observers: Practice Support Program Child and Youth Mental Health Module Content Committee
Andy Basi, EdD, MBA, CHE, ART, Executive Lead, Practice Support Program (Vancouver, BC)
Charles Blackwood, MD
Christina Southey, MSc, Quality Improvement Advisor, Impact BC (Vancouver, BC)
Garey Mazowita, MD, FCFP, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of British Columbia, Head, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Providence Health Care
Gayle Read, Senior Mental Health Consultant, Ministry of Children and Family Development (Victoria, BC)
Jane Garland, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Clinical Head, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic, British Columbia's Children's Hospital, (Vancouver, BC)
Jessica K. Bruhn,BA, BC Provincial Family Council Co-chair, Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health (Vancouver, BC)
This material cannot be altered, modified or sold.
Teens and parents are welcome to use this material for their own purposes. Health providers are welcome to use this material in their provision of health care. Educators are welcome to use this material for teaching or similar purposes. Permission for use in whole or part for any other purpose must be obtained in writing from either Dr. Stan Kutcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or from Dr. Dan MacCarthy (email@example.com) at the British Columbia Medical Association (BCMA).
This package is provided as an overview of attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and how first contact health providers can identify and address this issue in an effective, clinically relevant and best evidence-driven manner.
The package is divided into two parts:
A toolkit for first contact health providers containing useful resources for assessing and treating ADHD in children.
Throughout this package hyperlinked text is highlighted in blue underline that, when clicked, will link to either a resource within the package or to an external website where additional information can be found This program offers the health care provider a comprehensive, sequential and rational framework for addressing the diagnosis and treatment of children with ADHD. Each health care provider will be able to extract from this program those components that they can best apply in their own practice setting. By building on the information presented in this course and by utilizing those components of the toolkit that best meet the realities of their practice each health care provider can customize their approach to the treatment of the young person with ADHD. For health care practices in which there exist family care teams, different providers can use the various components of the toolkit, with the team leader being responsible to ensure integrated monitoring of ongoing care.
Primary health care providers can appropriately deliver effective treatment for ADHD to children. Here’s how… Key steps
Identification of child at risk for ADHD
Useful methods for screening and diagnosis of ADHD in the clinical setting