Computer-Based ADHD Assessment Being Trialled In UK Prisons For The First Time

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[Source:  Medical News Today]

medical newstodayResearchers hope that more accurate diagnosis and assessment can lead to improved inmate behavior and reduce offenses

A new ADHD tool is being investigated in the UK prison population for the first time. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London are using the computer-based QbTest; an objective test to assist in the accurate diagnosis of ADHD in young adult inmates. QbTest is the first system that has been cleared by both the FDA and European authorities to be used in children and adults.

Lead investigator of the study Professor Philip Asherson, Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital commented “The burden of ADHD in the prison population is significant and we know that appropriate medical intervention can potentially improve inmate behavior and improve educational and occupational achievements, positively impacting on reoffending rates. However, this relies on effective diagnosis and assessment which are a major focus for both the Criminal Justice System and National Health Service.”

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