The Barriers to the Timely Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD by Advanced Practice Nurses in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting
Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Michelle Newuman, DNP
Shannon Simonovich, PhD, RN
Introduction: This purpose of the study was to identify barriers to diagnosing and treating attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder (ADHD) in pediatric primary care. Method: This study utilized a survey tool sent to Advanced Practice Nurse members of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board in March of 2020 and gathered information from 415 participants. Results: In a linear regression analysis, participants who received ADHD specific training showed a significantly increased level of comfort in overall ADHD management (p<0.001). Providers who are screening, diagnosing and managing ADHD most often, are also the most comfortable in doing so. Discussion: Barriers to the treatment and diagnosis of ADHD include the lack of training as it relates to varying levels of decreased provider comfort, absence of schedule II prescribing authority for APNs in some states and provider bias towards treating and managing ADHD.
Kowalczyk, Annette, "The Barriers to the Timely Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD by Advanced Practice Nurses in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting" (2021). College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations. 452.