ADHD advice for GPs released

The Clinical Practice Points on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents will “complement not replace” existing NHMRC guidelines for ADHD, the new document said.

They include diagnostic criteria and pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies. 

The GP’s role includes reinforcing advice given by specialists, encouraging adherence to treatment and monitoring for adverse events.

Professor Alasdair Vance, head of academic child psychiatry at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, said the clinical practice points struck the right balance between medication and other forms of treatment.

“For the busy GP, they will be a helpful adjunct because they will give a very quick overview of key principles that are important and are enshrined in the field,” he said.

Professor Vance said the document importantly defined  “unproven”