Relevant questionsQ1.1 – Diagnosis
Is there any evidence of:
  • 1.3.1 Heritability of ADHD from family and genetic studies?
  • 1.3.2 Neurobiological underpinning of ADHD?
    To consider:


    Brain structure (MRI) and function (fMRI/ERP)

    1.3.3 Is the neurobiological evidence linked to core signs/symptoms?

Chapter5 Diagnosis
Topic GroupTG1 Diagnosis
Sub-section lead
Search strategyDatabases: CENTRAL, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycINFO
Existing reviews
  • Updated
  • Not updated
General search filter usedOS, empirical reviews [high spec]
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 (oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and/or disruptive behaviour).
  • Outcomes
Gene associations in people with ADHD
  • Study design
SR of genetic 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Published and unpublished (if criteria met)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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