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Volume 31, Issue 1 (2002)

Pediatrician's Preferences of ADHD Information From Schools

pp. 94—105

Abstract. Purposes of the study were to determine the type and format of information pediatricians receive from schools regarding diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), their preferences for this information,and their opinions on referral rates and treatment. Results from a random sample of members of the American Academy of Pediatrics indicate that for both diagnostic and treatment information, significant discrepancies exist between what pediatricians prefer and the information schools always or usually provide. The majority of pediatricians believe schools over refer and over one-third believe parents over refer for ADHD. Pediatricians recommend behavior management at home and school more often than stimulant medication. To improve referral, diagnosis,and treatment, discussion of discrepancies in expectations between school psychologists and pediatricians could be helpful. Additional training in some areas for both groups also may be beneficial.

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