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Evidence summary BITE 33 – Objective measure provides faster ADHD diagnosis

Who needs to know?

Clinicians and service users involved in ADHD diagnosis.

What have we found

  • Assessment of ADHD in children and young adults typically consists of interviews, subjective parent and teacher rating scales and observations, relying on clinicians’ judgement for diagnosis.

  • Children and young people may wait many months to receive a diagnosis. The assessment process may be protracted and costly, with delays caused by missing information and/or contradictory informant reports.

  • Adding an objective test (QbTest) can reduce time to confirming an ADHD diagnosis and result in cost savings.