Achieving Better Outcomes for Children with ADHD at the Mayo Clinic

A recent video from the Mayo Clinic outlines how better outcomes are being achieved for Children with ADHD. The key components to improve outcomes were streamlined information gathering packets for parents, teachers and others involved with the patient, appointment scheduling and parental awareness and involvement.

Standards of care begin with the initial assessment process. Initially, assessment packets were provided but often incomplete for the first appointments, causing delays in diagnosis and treatment. In this video by the Mayo Clinic, the Jyoti Bhagia, M.D., psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic discusses the clinic policy and process changes that led to better treatment plans from initial assessments through appointment scheduling.

Imagine the time and resources that could be saved if psychiatrists could start offering concrete treatment plans to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) during their very first visit to the clinic. Jyoti Bhagia, M.D., psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic, has begun to do just that.

By requiring parents and educators to complete extensive background forms and analysis before bringing their children in for the first consultation, Dr. Bhagia and her team have been able to better recommend treatment and therapy and do so much more quickly. She presented her findings in Toronto at the American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting.

Since parents and educators are required to dedicate time outside of the clinic visits learning about a child’s disorder, Dr. Bhagia says they’ve become more engaged in their care as well. Dr. Bhagia transformed Mayo Clinic ADHD care into an extremely efficient practice while improving care for patients.


One of the other outcomes was parent involvement in the process. Awareness of what the clinic is ‘looking for’ and development of assessment information also informs parents.

Quality policy and process changes to improve outcomes can be replicated in any organization. By analyzing the process and defining the desired outcomes, everyone can work together to achieve common goals across organizations, families, schools and even business.

Dr. Deborah G. Estes developed an interest in ADD/ADHD, the brain and the ways we use it and other biological and chemical processes that affect education, behavior and human interaction. She uses her knowledge and experience in education as well as her studies to inform, teach and educate leaders, teams and communities through keynote speeches, workshops and training.  Find out more about how you can engage your team or organization to Bring your brain! by contacting Dr. Estes.

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