Optimizing the Collaborative Care of Children with ADHD

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The purpose of this project is to address the health care of children with ADHD with families and teachers playing a more active role in their diagnosis and care. The project is following two cohorts of children in several school districts in a southern state in the USA. Cohort 1 consists of school children in grades 1 through 5 who have been screened via a school-based screening process and are then confirmed as having received a new diagnosis of ADHD during the first school year of the study. They are participating in a physician-directed, parent-driven and school-supported information exchange relative to the child’s behavior, attention and academic functioning. Cohort 2 consists of school children in grades 1 through 5 who have received a new diagnosis of ADHD without the benefit of school- based screening but supported by the same internet based collaborative and educational tools. Success for the ADHD Collaborative Care Project is being defined by comparison with the outcomes of children receiving treatment by pediatricians with similar interests and prior experience who were randomly assigned to a usual care group. Data are currently being collected to determine whether children in Cohorts 1 and 2 intervention groups exhibit fewer school problems, including fewer reports of disruptive classroom behavior, suspensions, class absences, behavioral interventions at school, better grades less substance abuse, depression, conduct disorder and fewer accidents and injuries. These positive outcomes are expected be greater, and more children will benefit in Cohort 1 where school screening took place than Cohort 2 when care was initiated entirely by parental concern. The overall success will be the development of a uniform diagnosis and management approach for children with ADHD throughout the state with recognition expected by both the state and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Keywords: Collaborative Care, School-Aged Children, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Diagnosis and Treatment
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Optimizing the Collaborative Care of Children with ADHD

Dr. Jerome Kolbo

Professor of History, College of Health, The University of Southern Mississippi
Petal, Mississippi, USA

Professor, teaching and conducting research designed to better understand and serve at-risk populations. Currently conducting research through three externally funded grants and three contracts in 20 school districts across the state in order to assist them in evaluating the impact of coordinated school health initiatives. This current project is designed to enhance student academic performance through a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort that includes pediatrics, psychology, education, and social work. This research demonstrates the possible impact of integrating and applying the knowlede of several disciplines to benefit one vulnerable population.

Tammy D. Barry

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Southern Mississippi

Tammy D. Barry, Ph.D. is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern
Mississippi, USA. Her research focuses on child psychopathology, particularly
externalizing behaviors.

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