ADHD in the College Setting: Current Perceptions and Future Vision.

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TitleADHD in the College Setting: Current Perceptions and Future Vision.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsThomas, M, Rostain, A, Corso, R, Babcock, T, Madhoo, M
JournalJ Atten Disord
Date Published2015 Aug
KeywordsAttention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Male, Perception, Referral and Consultation, Students, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States, Universities

OBJECTIVE: To assess perceptions concerning ADHD among U.S. college healthcare providers.METHOD: A 37-question survey was conducted from October 4 to December 2, 2010. Participants were contacted via mail or telephone and compensated for participation.RESULTS: Thirty-eight percent of the respondents (physicians, n = 59; nurses, n = 138; directors, n = 101) viewed ADHD as a "problem"/"very much a problem" at their institution. Referrals for evaluation came from students (84%), psychologists/counselors (68%), or the institution (68%). Although 48% of respondents felt "comfortable"/"very comfortable" in their ability to recognize ADHD, 92% referred students for evaluation. Most respondents (>90%) agreed medication use may be warranted; 52% of respondents who treat ADHD or consult with a specialist (from 95% of physicians to 31% of directors) prescribed pharmacotherapy.CONCLUSION: Although college healthcare providers recognize the importance of treating ADHD, their discomfort in diagnosing and treating ADHD represents a barrier to care for college students.

Alternate JournalJ Atten Disord
PubMed ID24743974
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