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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