Can a multi-disciplinary assessment approach improve outcomes for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Bor, William, Heath, Fiona, Heussler, Honey, Reuter, Rebecca, Perrett, Carmel and Lee, Erica (2013) Can a multi-disciplinary assessment approach improve outcomes for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?. Australasian Psychiatry, 21 5: 499-503. doi:10.1177/1039856213497524

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Author Bor, William
Heath, Fiona
Heussler, Honey
Reuter, Rebecca
Perrett, Carmel
Lee, Erica
Title Can a multi-disciplinary assessment approach improve outcomes for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
1440-1665
Publication date 2013-10-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1039856213497524
Volume 21
Issue 5
Start page 499
End page 503
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Public, consumer and professional views about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, its assessment and treatment – especially with medication – remain a highly contested domain. Parents in particular express disquiet with services. One response to this tension is a multidisciplinary evaluation. Parental and education perceptions of this process have not been evaluated previously. A community multidisciplinary approach was assessed in terms of diagnostic outcomes and client satisfaction.

Method: A comprehensive multidisciplinary structured assessment of the first 50 referred children with severe attentional problems was documented. Demographic and symptom/behavioural profiles, developmental history and indicated multi-disciplinary evaluation were recorded. A team consensus process arrived at diagnostic classification. Post-assessment satisfaction of parents and school staff was surveyed.

Results: Thirteen children (26%) were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and three commenced stimulants. The majority of parents and educators were satisfied with the service.

Conclusions: A multidisciplinary assessment clinic for children presenting with attention problems resulted in minimal prescribing. Overall, education staff and parents were satisfied with the service. The model may be a suitable response to the multiple concerns in the community.
Keyword Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Consumer satisfaction
Multidisciplinary assessment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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