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Partnerships for Quality Project: Closing the Gap in Care of Children with ADHD

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Abstract:

Background: The Partnerships for Quality project was designed to close the gap between knowledge and care for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by fostering a partnership between a major medical specialty society, a professional certifying body, a national family- based advocacy organization, and a child health improve- ment organization.

Methods: Ten American Academy of Pediatrics chap- ters conducted training workshops for practicing pediatri- cians and their office teams. Assistance was provided in the form of feedback of data, ongoing communication via con- ference calls, and a listserve. Two national workshops were conducted to disseminate learnings and promote sustain- ability.

Results: Participation in the intervention resulted in greater involvement in quality improvement activities by practice teams and improved care outcomes. The training workshops facilitated collaboration among providers, par- ents, and the educational, mental health, and legal systems.

Discussion:The partnership structure used demon- strated what professional societies can do to support improvement at the local level and what component chap- ters need to do to support improvement at the practice level. The integration of quality improvement infrastruc- ture and policy changes at the national and local levels sug- gest that the quality efforts are likely to be sustained, providing long-term improvement in care and outcomes for children and families.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-12-01

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