Relevant questionsQ1.1 – Diagnosis
1.1.1 Is there a consistent pattern of signs and symptoms demarcating ADHD from other disorders?
  • 1.1.2 Is this pattern associated with clinically meaningful impairment?
  • 1.1.3 Is this pattern of signs and symptoms the same in children as in adults?
  • 1.1.4 Can the clinical features and impairments of ADHD be distinguished from another diagnosis?
Chapter5 Diagnosis
Topic Group (TG)TG1 Diagnosis
Sub-section lead
Search strategyDatabases: CENTRAL, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycINFO
Existing reviews
  • Updated
  • Not updated
General search filter used1st search: observational studies (OS), empirical reviews (high spec)
2nd search: Diagnosis, empirical reviews (ER), OS
Question specific search filter
Amendments to filter/search strategy
Eligibility criteria
  • Intervention
  • Comparator
  • Population (including age, gender, etc)
Children, young people, and adults with ADHD, ADD, MBD, comorbid ADHD
  • Outcomes
Validity of ADHD category
  • Study design
SR, OS, cross-sectional studies, cohort studies, factor analytic studies
  • Publication status
Published and unpublished (if criteria met)
  • Year of study
  • Dosage
  • Minimum sample size
n > 10
  • Study setting
Additional assessments


Cover of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Diagnosis and Management of ADHD in Children, Young People and Adults.
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 72.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (UK).
Leicester (UK): British Psychological Society (UK); 2009.
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