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Table 1 Summary of themes relating to awareness and understanding of ADHD in primary care

From: Development and evaluation of an online education tool on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for general practitioners: the important contribution of co-production

Systematic review (French et al, 2018)

Pilot study (French, unpublished thesis chapter)

Semi-structured interviews (French et al, 2020)

Need for education

Negative connotation of ADHD

Lack of identification in primary care

Misconceptions and stigmas


Lack of clear diagnostic pathway and services

Constraints with recognition, management and treatment

Social background

GPs’ knowledge of ADHD and misconceptions

Multidisciplinary approach

Lack of experience/knowledge

Difficult communication between multiple stakeholders


Diagnosis / consultation procedure

Impact of diagnosis and the risks linked to no diagnosis

  1. The collective findings from these three studies can be broadly categorised into two main concepts – [1] issues around knowledge and [2] issues around the complexity of the diagnostic process. As such, these two concepts were the focus of the intervention. Based on this, the team developed videos with the aim of capturing the lived experiences of patients around these two themes