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A recent study has uncovered that many children diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and treated with stimulants have not obtained adequate follow-ups. This means that there is no monitoring of the effects of the medication and little potential to make necessary adjustments. The AAP guideline for ADHD treatment requires frequent follow-ups after initial diagnoses in order to determine the optimal dosage and to ensure the patient is stable. This may mean weekly visits initially until stability is achieved and then a monitoring visit every 3 to 6 months. Children on Medicaid or black children were more likely to see a mental health specialist. Thus, primary physicians need to put in place processes that maintain adequate monitoring of patients.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health
About: ADHD diagnosis in children is not followed by adequate monitoring
Date: 21 December 2004
Source: Reuters Health
Author: Anne Harding
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