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ADHD Toolkit Revision Project


NICHQ partnered with North Carolina’s Center for Child Health Improvement and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to develop and release the 1st edition of Caring for Children With ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians in 2002.

In 2009, the AAP issued newly revised ADHD guidelines that included an expanded scope of ages from 4 to 18 years. Seeing an opportunity for improvement, NICHQ again partnered with the AAP and their Quality Improvement Innovation Network (QuIIN) to update the ADHD toolkit for use by primary care clinicians.


NICHQ and QuIIN finalized the 2nd edition of the toolkit in the fall of 2011 after continuous testing and updating of the content based on clinical expert advice and participating project team member recommendations. The toolkit was also revised to provide a valuable resource to both parents and the patient in improving the understanding of, and the best treatment for, children living with ADHD.

The final toolkit was released by the AAP in November 2011 with clinically current content and addressed usability issues identified with previous guidelines. The 2nd Edition also tackles gaps not identified in the prior edition of the toolkit. All content was evaluated, approved, and finalized by the AAP ADHD Oversight Committee before publication and dissemination.


You can purchase Caring for Children with ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians (2nd Edition) from the AAP Bookstore.

Please note that NICHQ does not have free copies of the revised toolkit to distribute. Interested clinicians must visit the AAP Bookstore to purchase a copy of the 2nd Edition.

More Information

  • Read more about NICHQ's work to improve care for children with ADHD. 
  • Access and download the 1st Edition of Caring for Children with ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians for free.
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