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Poor quality of care for Medicaid-funded ADHD treatment of pediatric patients

KEY POINT

A new study evaluating treatment of ADHD in children enrolled in a Medicaid program found that the quality of care was poor with limited primary care follow-up visits, poor stimulant medication refill prescription persistence, and lack of coordinated care between primary care settings and specialty mental health clinics.

SOURCES

Zima BT et al. Quality of care for childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in a managed care Medicaid program. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010;49:1225–37. 

Olfson M. Evaluating the quality of community care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010;49:1183–5.