Assessing and Treating ADHD in Integrated Primary Care

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorders in childhood, is frequently encountered by providers in primary care. While medications are the first line treatment for adolescents with ADHD, there are significant advantages to patients and providers when ADHD assessment and treatment occurs in a setting where behavioral health providers are fully integrated. Well thought out clinical pathways that specify roles and responsibilities between providers can help make ADHD assessment and management more efficient. Effective treatment of ADHD relies on integrated medical and behavioral treatment plans.