SMS Intervention for Attention Deficit Disorder

Waitlist Available · 18 - 65 · All Sexes · Boston, MA

An SMS Intervention to Improve Adherence to Stimulant Medications in Adults With ADHD

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About the trial for Attention Deficit Disorder

Eligible Conditions
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity · Hyperkinesis · Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. SMS Intervention is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
SMS Intervention
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.


This trial is for patients born any sex between 18 and 65 years old. There are 5 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Male and female adults 18 to 55 years
A diagnosis of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Diploma in Social Medicine (DSM-V) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder based on clinical assessment
Is starting stimulant medication or has begun treatment with stimulant medication within six months of study enrollment
Has a cellular phone with text messaging capabilities and is interested in and willing to receive text messages
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Odds of Eligibility
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: 9 months
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: 9 months.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether SMS Intervention will improve 1 primary outcome in patients with Attention Deficit Disorder. Measurement will happen over the course of 9 months.

Adherence to Stimulants
Adherence will be analyzed using the timeliness of stimulant medication prescription renewals over the 9 month period.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
J. B.
Joseph Biederman, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Can attention deficit disorder be cured?

The findings of this study do not support a cure for ADHD. However, certain children were able to make greater gains in coping abilities with ADHD. Moreover, some subtypes of ADHD may be more amenable to treatment to reduce impairment.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for attention deficit disorder?

Treatments that are commonly used to treat ADHD include stimulant medication, behavior therapy, antidepressants and antipsychotics. However, evidence of benefit is less common or inconsistent.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of attention deficit disorder?

Attention deficit disorder can be diagnosed from certain specific signs, which are noticeable, such as distractibility, forgetfulness, poor spatial organization, distractibility, inattention, and disorganization. Attention deficit is often accompanied by other signs. There are treatments that can cure this disease. [Avoid substance abuse] ( Attention deficit behavior is a common sign of ADHD, so the child should be tested. Treatments for ADHD include stimulants and antidepressants. [Find the right treatment] (

Anonymous Patient Answer

What causes attention deficit disorder?

It can be concluded that ADHD is caused by a combination of many factors such as genetics, brain injury, and exposure to certain toxins in the prenatal period.

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What is attention deficit disorder?

Adults have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) because they have difficulty focusing and multitasking in complex environments and because their self-regulation skills are impaired. Those with ADHD often have low academic performance and impulsivity. Sometimes ADHD can lead to depression or substance abuse. [with Power( you can find ADHD treatment trials tailored to your condition, treatment, and location.

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How many people get attention deficit disorder a year in the United States?

More than 2 million children and adolescents in the U.S. suffer from ADHD. This estimate is consistent with previous analyses from the United States and from the rest of the world.

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How does sms intervention work?

Data from a recent study are encouraging, given the difficulty of delivering intervention when compared to a conventional drug treatment. This pilot study highlights a feasible and robust intervention which helps in guiding the future research.

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What are the common side effects of sms intervention?

Most side effects reported were mild to moderate, which were easily tolerated. The most prevalent are the side effects incurred by SMS which included headache, fatigue, nausea, eye and skin irritation, chest pain, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, vertigo, and other gastrointestinal distress.

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Is sms intervention typically used in combination with any other treatments?

The majority of patients received no other type of treatment concurrently with their SMSI. A substantial number of patients received antidepressants concurrently. The most prevalent co-interventions were cognitive behavioral therapy and medications.

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Does attention deficit disorder run in families?

Positive family history of ADHD is not a major risk factor for ADHD diagnosis. Data from a recent study do not support the familial transmission of ADHD.

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What is the average age someone gets attention deficit disorder?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder appears to be a more common problem in children younger than 8 as compared to older children and adults. This highlights the need for increased screening and early diagnosis of children in the community.

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Have there been other clinical trials involving sms intervention?

It is very important that further, well-designed randomized controlled trials enroll patients diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or, as a more generalizable group, the patients experiencing clinically significant levels of anxiety. Furthermore, because the treatment group reported fewer cognitive symptoms and fewer use of medicines, there is an additional incentive for future studies using this sample.

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