Previously published as: Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
Online from: 2010
Subject Area: Health and Social Care
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|Title:||A pilot service for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a descriptive study|
|Author(s):||Febin Edwin, (Consultant Psychiatrist, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Darlington, UK)|
|Citation:||Febin Edwin, (2011) "A pilot service for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a descriptive study", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 5 Iss: 4, pp.47 - 52|
|Keywords:||ADHD, Adults, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, Co-morbidity, Intellectual disability, Learning disabilities|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/20441281111165607 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The aim of this descriptive study is to highlight the number and co-morbid health needs of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presenting to a pilot adult ADHD service.
Design/methodology/approach – This study aimed to focus on the epidemiologic data such as total number of referrals, source of referrals, sex ratio, follow-up treatments, and co-morbid diagnosis. The number of referrals between March and October 2009 were looked at. The study population included adults aged 18-65 years including adults with mild intellectual disabilities. A total of 117 adults were referred to the pilot ADHD service for adults and 105 patients were assessed.
Findings – The commonest source of referral was from general practice (
Originality/value – The findings from the descriptive study suggest a significant gap in diagnostic services for adults with ADHD who present with high rates of co-morbidity.
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