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Clinical and Neuropsychological Validity of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adulthood

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2012 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: October 29, 2007
Last updated: May 16, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
This study aims to establish the psychometric properties of the Adult ADHD Quality of Life Scale (AAQoL) and to validate the diagnosis of adult ADHD by ADHD symptoms, other clinical psychiatric symptoms, neuropsychological functioning, social/family/occupational functioning, and intervention effect.

Attention Deficit Disorder With Hyperactivity

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Official Title: Clinical and Neuropsychological Validity of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adulthood

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Estimated Enrollment: 1120
Study Start Date: October 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2013
Detailed Description:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common (5-10%) childhood-onset neuropsychiatric disorder worldwide among children and adolescents with 50- 60% persistence to adulthood (3-4%). Western studies have revealed a wide range of family/social/occupational impairment and neurocognitive deficits in adults with ADHD. However, there is limited data on the treatment effect for adults with ADHD worldwide and there is lack of information about adult ADHD in Taiwan. In view of this, it is warranted to conduct a study on the clinical, functional, and neurocognitive aspects of adult ADHD in Taiwanese population.

This study consists of two parts: (1) a community survey among 1000 adults to establish the validity of AAQoL; and (2) a case-control study with a sample of 60 adults, aged 18-50, with DSM-IV ADHD and 60 healthy controls matching for the age and sex structure of the ADHD group. The instruments include a standard psychiatric diagnostic interviews using (K-SADS-E), self-administered rating scales for assessing psychopathology (ASRI), ADHD symptoms (ASRS, CGI-ADHD-S,), social and family functions (AAQoL, SDS, Moos dyadic assessment, family APGAR, GDS) and neuropsychological assessment (WAIS-III, CANTAB). The ADHD group will be reassessed for symptom severity and neuropsychological functioning 2-3 months (ranging from 8 to 12 weeks) after the first assessment.

We anticipate that this study will provide the primitive data on the symptomatology, neuropsychological functions, quality of life, and social/family function of adult patients with ADHD, will evaluate the treatment response of medication or psychosocial intervention in the aspects of symptomatology, neuropsychological functions, quality of life, and family function; and young psychiatric researchers will learn to conduct standardized psychiatric interview and neuropsychological tests, and to collect data, conduct statistical analysis, and prepare the manuscript. Our findings should have clinical implication in assessing and treating adult patients with ADHD and provide the preliminary data for future brain imaging, neurocognitive, and interventional studies on adult ADHD.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
community sample & clinical sample

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Case group:

Case group I: The cases with childhood ADHD diagnosis diagnosed as ADHD after interview Case group II: The cases with sufficient ADHD symptoms for diagnosis as DSM-IV ADHD at childhood but never assessed or treated for ADHD in childhood

  • Control group:The subjects without the DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of ADHD or any major psychiatric disorders.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Comorbid with DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, other psychotic disorder, organic psychosis, schizotypal personality disorder, bipolar affective disorder, severe anxiety disorder(such as OCD, ASD or PTSD) and mental retardation.
  • In the major depressive episode, comorbid with severe anxiety disorders or during substance intoxication or withdrawal at the time of evaluation.
  • With neurodegenerative disorder, epilepsy, involuntary movement disorder, congenital metabolic disorder, brain tumor, history of severe head trauma, and history of craniotomy.
  • With visual or hearing impairments, or motor disability which may influence the process of neuropsychological assessment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00550667

Contact: Susan Shur-Fen Gau, MD, PhD +886-2-23123456 ext 66802

National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 10002
Contact: Susan Shur-Fen Gau, MD, PhD    +886-2-23123456 ext 66802   
Principal Investigator: Susan Shur-Fen Gau, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Susan Shur-Fen Gau, MD, PhD Dept of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT00550667     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 200705065R
Study First Received: October 29, 2007
Last Updated: May 16, 2012

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
diagnostic validity
neuropsychological functions
social functioning

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Pathologic Processes
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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