Avoiding the 'twilight zone': recommendations for the transition of services from adolescence to adulthood for young people with ADHD

BMC Psychiatry. 2011 Nov 3;11:174. doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-11-174.

Abstract

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder that frequently persists into adulthood. However, in the UK, there is a paucity of adult services available for the increasing number of young people with ADHD who are now graduating from child services. Furthermore, there is limited research investigating the transition of young people with ADHD from child to adult services and a lack of guidance on how to achieve this effectively. This paper reviews the difficulties of young people with ADHD and their families who are transitioning between services; we review transition from the child and adult health teams' perspectives and identify barriers to the transition process. We conclude with recommendations on how to develop transition services for young people with ADHD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / therapy*
  • Continuity of Patient Care / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration