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Assessment 

Assessment
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Assessment
Author(s):

David Coghill

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198724308.003.0004
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date: 27 June 2019

The diagnosis of ADHD is based on clinical judgment of integrated data gathered from multiple sources. It is best assessed by clinical interviews. These can be augmented by questionnaires, direct observations, and neuropsychological measures. Education of staff at a primary care level, and education about ADHD is essential to ensure that children with ADHD are promptly identified and referred. A comprehensive assessment for ADHD is complex and often time consuming. Those conducting these assessments need to be well trained. The purpose of an ‘ADHD’ assessment is not only to confirm or exclude the presence of ADHD but also to identify whether there are any other problems or disorders that are causing impairment. At the end of the assessment process, the clinician should have developed a comprehensive formulation that comprehensively describe the patients problems.

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