Letters Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Results from multiagency ADHD pathway in Wolverhampton

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7069 (Published 27 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7069
  1. Angela Moore, consultant paediatrician1
  1. 1Gem Centre, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton WV11 3PG, UK
  1. angela.moore2{at}nhs.net

Thomas and colleagues suggest that the recent rise in prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be caused by overdiagnosis or misdiagnosis,1 and McClure and others have highlighted the problems of subjectivity when the diagnosis depends on observational assessment.2 3

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends that the diagnosis should be made after a full clinical and psychosocial assessment and not solely on the results of rating scales or observation. It also recommends that …

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