A Regional ADHD Center-Based Network Project for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With ADHD

for the Lombardy ADHD Group, Maurizio Bonati, Laura Reale, Michele Zanetti, Massimo Cartabia, Filomena Fortinguerra, Giuseppe Capovilla, Matteo Chiappedi, Antonella Costantino, Paola Effedri, Chiara Luoni, Ottaviano Martinelli, Massimo Molteni, Alberto Ottolini, Monica Saccani, Sara Trabattoni

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Objective: We aimed to define the sociodemographic, clinical, and prescription profiles of the participants enrolled in the Italian Lombardy ADHD Register. Method: Data on patients evaluated by the 18 regional ADHD reference centers in the 2012 to 2013 period were analyzed. Results: Seven hundred fifty-three of 1,150 (65%) suspected patients received a diagnosis of ADHD. In 24% of cases, there was a family history of ADHD. Four hundred eighty-three (64%) patients had at least one psychopathological disorder, the more common of which were learning disorders (35%). Eighty-four percent of patients received a prescription for psychoeducational interventions, 2% received only pharmacological treatment, and 14% a combination of both. Compared with patients treated with psychoeducational intervention alone, patients with drug prescriptions more commonly presented values of Clinical Global Impressions - Severity scale (CGI-S) of 5 or higher (p <.0001). Conclusion: A continuous and systematic monitoring of patterns of care is essential in promoting significant improvements in clinical practice and ensuring an efficient and homogeneous quality of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1173-1184
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018


  • adolescent
  • attention deficit disorder
  • child
  • clinical protocol
  • mental health services
  • register

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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