Adult ADHD Screening


Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been studied far less than ADHD in childhood, although more than 60% of children with ADHD maintain significant ADHD symptoms throughout adulthood. Research has shown adult ADHD has unique diagnostic features compared to children. Further, research indicates that adult ADHD is a relatively common disorder, affecting about 5% of the adult population. Medication and non-medication treatments have proven effective in the management of the disorder, similar to their efficacy in children. Along with increasing public awareness, there is a growing need for clinicians to be prepared to properly recognize, diagnose, and manage these adults.

Specific Aims and Objectives

This project aims to:

  1. Assess the interest in adult ADHD among a representative group of family medicine physicians
  2. Test the feasibility of screening for adult ADHD in primary care practice settings

Study Description and Methods

We are inviting primary care clinicians to complete a brief 8-item online survey to assess overall awareness, current training, level of comfort and relative importance placed on adult ADHD care, as well as enthusiasm to expand the care of adult ADHD patients

Additionally, the project team will recruit up to eight practices to participate in a demonstration project to test the feasibility of screening for ADHD in adults. Participating practices will screen 150 patients using a tablet-administered set of surveys that the patient completes while waiting for a routine appointment. Screening will take place over a four-six week period. Practices must have a wireless internet connection to participate.

At the end of the screening period we will invite the lead clinician and site coordinator to share insights during in-person or phone interviews. The purpose of these interviews is to learn about specific issues they encountered and what types of services, training or support would be required to continue to screen, diagnose, and treat and/or refer adults with ADHD.


This project will be conducted from September 2012 through March 2014.


This project is currently conducting analysis. Please check back in the near future for key findings and publications.

Contact Information

For additional information about this study, please contact:

Kim Kimminau, PhD
Principal Investigator
AAFP National Research Network
1-800-274-2237, x3184

Natalia Loskutova, MD, PhD

AAFP National Research Network
1-800-274-2237, x3186

Robin Liston MPH, CHES
Research Project Manager
AAFP National Research Network
1-800-274-2237, x3175

This project was funded by a grant from Shire.