Deficit attention hyperactivity disorder and Primary Care: past and future
Reference of this article: Fernández Pérez M, Eddy Ives L S, Rodríguez Molinero L, Txakartegi Etxebarria X. Deficit attention hyperactivity disorder and Primary Care: past and future. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2007;9 Supl 2:S101-12.
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The deficit attention hyperactivity disorder (DAHD) is getting more and more important
with the coming years. The main reason is that besides school, family and social problems in childhood, many psychiatric and social disorders of adolescents and adults take place in people
that have suffered or suffer this disorder since preschool years. DADH should be considered
a public health problem involving sanitary instances in the same way as it involves educative
The right management of DADH implies an early diagnosis and a follow up by a multidisciplinary
team, where the Primary Care paediatrician (PCP) could be the key stone at least
in the non complicated cases, which would be more that half of all them.
Besides of being the paediatrician intrinsically suitable for the DADH follow up, it should
be taken into account the lack of enough specialists in paidoneurology and paidopsichiatry to
assist all patients in their settings. The paediatrician, on the other hand, continues without
being familiar to this condition and unwilling to any intervention. The objective of this seminar,
in witch only PCP are involved, is to begin a proceeding of becoming familiar to the problem
for those willing to, and to deepen and reassure their previous information for those who
have overcome the first phase yet.
Keywords● Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ● Comorbidity ● Primary Care