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Nurse prescribers can boost clinical capacity for ADHD treatment

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Nurse prescribers can safely be used to increase clinic capacity for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to UK researchers.

They undertook a direct comparison of nurse- and doctor-delivered care given to 70 children in an ADHD clinic.

They assessed changes in diagnostic category, patient satisfaction and treatment side effects.

The authors said: “There seems little to distinguish the quality of doctor- or nurse-delivered care in ordinary ADHD follow-up clinics. There was, at worst, a 2·5% risk of nurses under-identifying emotional disorders.”

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