Journal article

Does the treatment of anxiety in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) using cognitive behavioral therapy improve child and family outcomes? Protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Emma Sciberras, Daryl Efron, Pooja Patel, Melissa Mulraney, Katherine J Lee, Cathy Mihalopoulos, Lidia Engel, Ronald M Rapee, Vicki Anderson, Jan M Nicholson, Rachel Schembri, Harriet Hiscock

BMC Psychiatry | BMC | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Up to 60% of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) meet diagnostic criteria for at least one anxiety disorder, including Social, Generalized and/or Separation Disorder. Anxiety in children with ADHD has been shown to be associated with poorer child and family functioning. Small pilot studies suggest that treating anxiety in children with ADHD using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has promising benefits. In a fully powered randomized controlled trial (RCT), we aim to investigate the efficacy of an existing CBT intervention adapted for children with ADHD and comorbid anxiety compared with usual care. METHODS: This RCT is recruiting children aged 8-12 year..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This project has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (1106427) and the Sidney Myer Fund and Myer Foundation. ES is funded by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1110688: 2016-21) and a veski Inspiring Women's Fellowship. Dr. Efron is funded by a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). Prof Jan Nicholson is funded by the Australian Communities Foundation (Coronella sub-fund) at La Trobe University. Professor Anderson is supported by a NHMRC Senior Practitioner fellowship. HH is supported by a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (1136222). The MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The funders did not have a role in the running of the trial and will not have a role in interpreting the study findings, however, as part of the grant review process the NHMRC peer reviewed this study protocol.