Engaging Parents in Child’s ADHD Treatment Boosts Outcomes

Training parents to engage in treatment of their children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms enhances the collaborative care model and improves outcomes in all three key measures tested — hyperactivity/impulsivity, social skills, and oppositionality — new research shows.

Michael Silverstein, MD, MPH, from the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, and colleagues tested a hypothesis that augmenting the collaborative model for treating ADHD symptoms, whereby primary care clinicians work with specialists via care manager intermediaries, would help break down barriers to improvement. Results were published online March 23 in Pediatrics.

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