Digital therapy effective for ADHD

Digital therapy effective for ADHD

It seems like the perfect solution doesn’t it? An effective therapy for children with ADHD that doesn’t involve drugs.

Well, according to a randomised controlled trial just published in The Lancet, US researchers may have made an important step towards finding just that.

The study, involving almost 350 children 8-12 years old with formally diagnosed ADHD, found that a specific novel digital therapeutic (otherwise known as AKL-T01, a specially developed computer game) significantly increased attentional functioning.

“These findings have implications for clinical practice, as AKL-T01 is a safe and easy-to-access intervention that could address various intervention needs for paediatric patients with ADHD and without comorbid condition, ” the study author said.

This ‘digital therapeutic’ involved video game graphics and reward mechanisms to engage the user and then continuously adapted the program’s difficulty in real-time based on ...


Kollins SK, DeLoss DJ, Cañadas E, Lutz J, Findling RL, Keefe RSE, et al. A novel digital intervention for actively reducing severity of paediatric ADHD (STARS-ADHD): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2020 Feb 24. DOI: 10.1016/S2589-7500(20)30017-0 (Epub ahead of print)

Catalá-López F, Hutton B. Digital health interventions for children with ADHD. Lancet. 2020 Feb 24. DOI: 10.1016/S2589-7500(20)30058-3 (Epub ahead of print)

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