Computerized test can help diagnose ADHD better & faster

A new study says that adding a computerized test of attention and activity to standard care can reduce the time that is taken to make a diagnostic decision on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Such a test can increase the chance of excluding ADHD when it is not present. It will also help diagnose ADHD correctly, without compromising diagnostic accuracy.

This is the first independent randomized-controlled study that shows that an objective assessment technology (QbTest) can help increase the speed and efficiency of diagnostic decision-making in ADHD, say experts involved in the study.

In the study, 267 participants between the ages of 6-17 years were selected to receive the QbTest report or not as part of their standard diagnostic assessment for ADHD.

Clinicians with access to the computerized test report were more likely to reach a diagnostic decision about ADHD, the study showed.

The computerized test reduced appointment length by 15%, increased clinicians' confidence in their diagnostic decisions, and doubled the likelihood of excluding ADHD.

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