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Nurse prescribers can boost clinical capacity for ADHD treatment

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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