Improving the screening and referral process for ADHD evaluation in adults: A quality improvement project Public Deposited

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a challenging diagnosis to make in adults for a variety of reasons. Among these are the significant symptom overlap between ADHD and other common psychiatric disorders, as well as the high abuse potential of first line medications used to treat it. An ADHD-specific outpatient clinic was recently created within a local Veteran’s Health Administration mental health clinic in order to improve the diagnostic process for veterans displaying ADHD-related symptoms. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to work with providers in both the referring and ADHD clinics in order to develop a new screening and referral tool that could be efficiently utilized by referring providers and would provide valuable screening data to the ADHD clinic. Utilizing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Plan, Do, Study, Act framework for creating change, this project was able to develop a usable tool that incorporated an existing, validated ADHD screening instrument prior to its early termination due to Covid-19. While measures aimed at assessing the benefits and potential drawbacks of the implemented tool were not able to be carried out, these considerations are still discussed here.

  • Lohse.Patrick.2020.pdf
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  • 2020
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