Sunday, December 12, 2010

Regional Variability of ADHD Diagnosis

I'm meeting clinicians in North Carolina this week and was interested to learn that is the state with the highest rates of ADHD diagnosis.

An expert in a recent article attributes this statistic suggests that heightened awareness among families, and better diagnosis by professionals.

And that's almost certainly part of the story here. But when we consider the state-by-state variability of ADHD diagnosis, or of stimulant therapy, there are likely other factors at play here. We notice, for example, an Eastern bias towards making the diagnosis.

This regional variability is an issue we touch on briefly in the workshop but I'm interested to hear the thoughts of my colleagues in North Carolina next week.

photo: psychiatric news

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