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Health Agencies Update
December 16, 1998

Consensus Panel on ADHD

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JAMA. 1998;280(23):1978. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.1978-JHA80010-3-1

Inconsistency in diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up characterizes the care of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) according to a consensus panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

"A more consistent set of diagnostic and treatment practices, in combination with the potential risks associated with medication, points to the need for improved awareness by the health service sector concerning an appropriate assessment, treatment, and follow-up," the panel noted. "A more consistent set of diagnostic procedures and practice guidelines is of utmost importance."

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