• Based on strong research evidence, school-age children who present with behavior problems or academic underachievement should receive an evaluation for ADHD. (2)(5) • Based on consensus and strong research evidence, ADHD-specific rating scales may be used to evaluate a child for symptoms of ADHD, but they are not diagnostic of ADHD. (5)(16) • Based on strong research evidence, approximately 67% of patients diagnosed as having ADHD have comorbid mood disorder or learning disorder. (5)(22)(23) • Based on strong research evidence, the primary care clinician should establish a treatment program that recognizes ADHD as a chronic condition that requires ongoing management and monitoring. (17) • Based on strong research evidence, the clinician initially should recommend stimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD, with stimulant drugs from either class (amphetamines, methylphenidate) being equally effective. (17).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health