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.”