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For professionals

Why is this research important?

ADHD affects about 3-6% of UK children, of whom up to 73% have sleep problems, increasing the burden of the disorder. In the UK, the commonest sleep problem in ADHD - chronic insomnia - is inadequately managed. Professionals rarely receive training in sleep and often prescribe melatonin as a ‘one-size-fits all’ approach. Face-to-face behavioural sleep interventions are effective to manage insomnia in children with ADHD, but their implementation is challenging in a resource-limited NHS.

What are the aims of the DISCA sleep study?
  • 1) Take part in the research
    There will be lots of opportunities to take part in our research. Opportunities may include completing a questionnaire, speaking with a researcher about your experiences, or providing us with feedback on the digital sleep guide. If you are a parent or carer of a child with ADHD, then please complete the sign up form at the bottom of this page to let us know you are interested in taking part. We will be in touch with research opportunities as they arise.
  • 2) Join our advisory group to help shape the research
    As a team, we feel it is important that our research is carried out with members of the public, rather than ‘to’, ‘about’, or ‘for’ them. Therefore, we are looking for parents and carers of children with ADHD who would like to join our advisory group, working in partnership with researchers. You will receive some reimbursement for your time spent contributing to the research. If you are interested in joining our advisory group, then please complete the sign up form below.
  1. To appraise the evidence on the efficacy/effectiveness of behavioural sleep interventions in children;

  2. To develop A) an adapted sleep screening questionnaire for children with ADHD and B) e-learning for clinicians on sleep problems in ADHD;

  3. To develop a novel digital behavioural intervention for chronic insomnia in children with ADHD;

  4. To test the cost-effectiveness of the digital behavioural intervention versus treatment as usual in a randomised controlled trial (RCT) with a 9-month internal pilot.

expressions of interest

Expressions of interest

If you are a health professional and are interested in taking part in the research, please complete the expressions of interest form:

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