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Evidence summary BITE 32 – Tests for diagnosing and monitoring childhood ADHD

Who needs to know?

Clinicians and service users involved in ADHD diagnosis.

What have we found

  • A number of objective measures are available for use in assisting the diagnosis and monitoring of ADHD in children.

  • There is uncertain evidence for value of using continuous performance tests (CPTs) to support clinical decision making and for monitoring medication for ADHD.

  • The addition of objective activity measures to CPTs, such as the QbTest, has strong support for differentiating those with and without ADHD, sensitive to the effects of medication.