Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2016

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)



First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Harris

Second Advisor

Dr. Janis Schiefelbein

Third Advisor

Dr. Barbara McClaskey


Pediatric diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise with an increasing financial burden to the healthcare system and the patient (Center for Disease Control, 2015). This study sought to determine if an educational intervention would increase the knowledge of primary care providers in respect to ADHD clinical practice guidelines and the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients. An initial online survey was administered to primary care nurse practitioners in an attempt to determine their knowledge level, provider feelings and current practices in regards to pediatric ADHD in this region. Approximately four weeks after the online survey, an educational intervention based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for ADHD was provided to primary care nurse practitioners.

A pretest was given to participants followed by a PowerPoint presentation and then a posttest. A t-test was conducted on the pretest and posttest results. The study concluded with substantial statistical significance (p < 0.001) that the educational intervention increased knowledge of the AAP CPG for ADHD. All participants (n=21) had an increase in posttest scores after the educational intervention. This study supports a need for continued educational programs for primary care providers in pediatric ADHD.

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Nursing Commons