Better Interprofessional Communication Needed in ADHD Coaching


A pair of researchers present plans to improve collaboration with other professionals in ADHD.

As an emerging field, there is plenty of positives in the value of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) coaching.

However, because it is emerging there still need to be some guidelines and best practices developed in how the ADHD coach is supposed to collaborate and communicate with other professionals, as well as the patient in striking the best balance needed to succeed.

Recently, a team of researchers presented data from an ADHD coaches focus group during the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) 2021 Annual Conference showing that many in the field believe it is necessary to iron out some communication issues to better collaborate and aid the patient.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Elizabeth Ahmann, Research Director of the Springer Institute and Micah Saviet, Director of the Springer Institute, explained the next steps needed to implement what has been learned into the field.

Ahmann said 1 thing that is needed is more training for coaches on interprofessional communication. She also said the existing framework needs to be better disseminated to coaches so that the communication skills can be better developed.

Overall, Ahmann believes more collaboration is the main priority that will ultimately help all the professionals and the patient involved.

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