Evaluating Digital Interventions for ADHD Diagnosis and Management for Adults within the UK (Excluding Scotland)

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The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is partnering with the Scottish Government to address the issue of long waiting lists for adult ADHD diagnosis and limited support for diagnosed ADHD adults across the NHS Scotland Health Boards. A currently taken approach is to implement digital health interventions (DHIs) / digital therapeutics, presently referred to as digital interventions, to help mitigate these issues.
This research investigated available digital interventions to help manage and/or diagnose adult ADHD in the UK (excluding Scotland), both in peer-reviewed literature and commercially available science-based digital interventions (such as mobile applications, wearable devices, telehealth platforms, and computer-based programs). The research questions surrounded identifying the currently available digital interventions, their effectiveness in diagnosing and managing adult ADHD compared to traditional methods, their impact on ADHD symptoms, and the specific features which may contribute to better outcomes in ADHD adults.
The study was a meta-analysis conducted in two phases. Phase 1 identified 13 peer-reviewed digital interventions across 14 studies, analysing their content and features. Phase 2 identified 10 science-based commercially available digital interventions (usually mobile applications (apps)), analysing their content, and investigating empirical evidence of their effectiveness across peer-reviewed research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages53
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 May 2024


  • telehealth
  • digital intervention
  • AHDH diagnosis


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