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TOPIC: U.K. ADHD Guidelines to Improve ‘Patchy’ Treatment

U.K. ADHD Guidelines to Improve ‘Patchy’ Treatment 30 Jul 2013 14:24 #249

U.K. ADHD Guidelines Aim to Improve ‘Patchy’ Treatment
Posted July 30, 2013 by Trista Kelley

The U.K.’s health-cost regulator set standards for the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit disorder to improve the “patchy” care offered by the state-run medical system.

To be diagnosed accurately, Symptoms should be “pervasive” among different settings and linked to “moderate or severe psychological, social, educational or occupational impairment,” the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or NICE, said today in a statement.

Anyone taking drugs for ADHD should be assessed once a year by a specialist to check dosing and response, under the guidelines. NICE also recommended that parents of children with the disorder attend training to cope with related behavior. NICE, which advises the National Health Service on getting medical value for money, said the guidelines will help eliminate treatment inconsistencies.


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