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Most preschoolers with signs of ADHD aren’t ready for primary school

Key clinical point: The majority of preschoolers with signs of moderate to severe ADHD do not appear ready for primary school.

Major finding: 79% of children in an ADHD group were not ready for school vs. 13% in a comparison group. (OR, 21, 95% CI, 5.67-77.77, P = .001)

Study details: Analysis of 45 children with symptoms of moderate to severe ADHD and 48 in a comparison group (ages 4-6 years).

Disclosures: The study authors had no disclosures. Study funders include the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Katharine McCormick Faculty Scholar Award, Stanford Children’s Health and Child Health Research Institute Pilot Early Career Award, and the National Institutes of Health.


Perrin HT et al. Pediatrics. 2019 Aug. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-0038.