ADHD: Quality Improvement Resources and Tools


ADHD: Quality Improvement Resources & Tools

Clinical Practice Guideline 

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents (Published May 2000; Revised November 2011, Revised October 2019)

Patient/Family Resources

Healthy Children: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A collection of articles that offer parents an overview of ADHD.

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know – Book available for purchase; features the latest recommendations for the treatment and care of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Provider Resources

Understanding ADHD Brochure – Brochure available for purchase; addresses parents’ concerns about ADHD (English).

Understanding ADHD Brochure – Brochure available for purchase; addresses parents’ concerns about ADHD (Spanish).

EQIPP ADHD (Online Course)

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines: A Historical Perspective – A  special article meant to serve as a companion for the latest version of the clinical practice guideline from experts in the field of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

National Conference and Exhibition 2019: The Revised ADHD Clinical Guidelines (PowerPoint) – An overview of the major changes in the 2019 guidelines, as well as implications for the practitioner.

Implementation Tools

Implementing the Key Action Statements – An Algorithm and Explanation for Process of Care for the Evaluation, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Monitoring of ADHD in Children and Adolescents.

Caring for Children with ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians – Toolkit available for purchase; offers the latest updates and guidance for health care professionals who provide care for children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in the medical home. 

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Quality Improvement (QI) Metrics – Measurable outcomes that are typically based on key action statements. This resource consists of inclusion/exclusion criteria, overall aim/goal, and descriptions of the numerators/denominators needed to calculate the metric.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Key Driver Diagram – This resource serves as a map or guide to quality improvement. Aims are usually identified with key drivers serving as the “what” you need to do and the secondary drivers or implementation tools/resources serving as the “how” you will achieve the desired change.

Systemic Barriers to the Care of Children and Adolescents with ADHD – Covers existing barriers in the primary medical care of children and adolescents with ADHD that currently impede excellent care. The document also offers practice and advocacy level strategies for improvement in the delivery of care to patients with ADHD and their families.

Quality Improvement Project Resources

Chapter Quality Network (CQN): ADHD Change Package – This change package was created for a CQN project. The change package is designed for primary care pediatricians interested in improving care for children and families using quality improvement methodologies to support process change at the practice level.

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