Members of National ADHD Learning Collaborative Combine Resources to Improve Care for Children

Building a collaborative to improve care for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

From 2001 to 2002, staff from the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality developed a learning collaborative designed to improve care for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and held an international summit on the subject to disseminate the results further.

Key Results

As reported by the project director to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), project staff:

  • Established a learning collaborative involving 26 sites, ranging from small, private medical practices to community health centers and to academic medical centers in diverse communities.
  • Organized a conference — held November 9–10, 2002, in Orlando, Fla. — that showcased the work of the collaborative sites and brought together 89 clinicians, educators and health care leaders.

Key Findings

Based on data collected at each site, the project director identified the following improvements as most significant:

  • An increase from 38 to 82 percent of patients who had the benefits and risks of their treatment options explained.
  • An increase from 40 to 82 percent of patients with written care plans in their charts.
  • An increase from 20 to about 65 percent of patients with identified goals documented on their care plans.
  • An increase from 15 to 53 percent of patients who maintained an acceptable level of functioning or improved their functioning by 25 percent.

Funding

RWJF supported this project through a grant of $367,890.

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