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How Collaborative Care Models Deliver Quality ADHD Care – Seamlessly

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is highly treatable, yet systemic barriers — from cost and lack of pediatric services to fragmented care systems — often hinder identification of ADHD in children and/or prevent them from receiving optimal care.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), primary care providers often view ADHD as distinct from other pediatric conditions and outside the scope of primary care.1 What’s more, only one-third of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD receive both medication and behavioral therapy to treat the condition, as recommended by the AAP.2Fragmented, unreliable care is ineffective care for children with ADHD — and most providers and caregivers feel powerless to affect change.Enter integrated care — a collaborative health-care model wherein primary care and behavioral health professionals work seamlessly together (and with families) to provide patient-centered, systematic, and cost-effective care.3 Collaborative care is a type of integrated care model meant to treat persistent, broadly impactful conditions that require systematic follow-up, like ADHD.4Integrated care eliminates common barriers to health-care, and evidence also links collaborative care approaches to increased engagement and adherence to ADHD treatment plans.5678 Here, we’ll demonstrate how this model could benefit a fictitious pediatric patient with ADHD (“Sarah”), plus her family, and health care team.Integrated care aims to reduce the silos that notoriously appear in traditional health care settings and impede quality care by connecting the following vital roles and responsibilities, all within one physical setting and system:[Get This Free Download: Choosing the Right Professional to Treat.

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