What is the role of psychometric testing in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The Conners Parent-Teacher Rating Scale is a questionnaire that can be given to both the parents and the child's teachers.

Barkley Home Situations Questionnaire may be useful.

The Wender Utah Rating Scale may be helpful in diagnosing ADHD in adults. In 2017, a new machine-learning algorithm was used to build a screening scale from responses to 6 questions in the World Health Organization (WHO) Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Self-Report Scale (ASRS) using optimal integer scoring rules. The new measure is short, easily scored, and detects the vast majority of general population cases. [32]

The Continuous Performance Tests (CPTs) are computer-based tasks that often are used to test attention and may be used in conjunction with clinical information to make a diagnosis. A currently popular example is the Test of Variable Attention (TOVA). While these tests can be supportive of the diagnosis in a full clinical evaluation, they have low sensitivity and specificity and should not be the sole basis for diagnosis.

Vision and hearing should be checked.

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