Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to learn more about whether changing sleep duration affects the functioning of adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Who can participate?

Teens 14 to 17 years old who have attentional problems may be eligible to participate.

What will happen in the study?

Your child will be in this study for up to 1 month. Following an initial screening visit, teens who qualify will be in the study for 3 weeks in a row in the summer. Throughout this time, they will keep track of how long they sleep and wear a special wristwatch called an “actigraph” that helps keep track of sleep patterns without interfering with sleep. Teens will be asked to alter their sleep schedule (especially bedtime) for each of the 3 weeks of the study.

If interested in having your child participate, a member of the study staff will tell you about all the procedures that will happen during the study visits. A member of the study staff will also review the study consent form with you and be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

Your child may receive no direct benefit from participating in this study. However, your and your child’s participation in this study may help us learn more about how sleep impacts the functioning of teens with ADHD. Also, as part of this research study, you will receive results from a mental health evaluation and intelligence testing at no charge.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

The risks from participation in this study are minimal. 

Possible risks and discomforts will be discussed with parents or guardians interested in learning more about the study.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Families may receive up to $220 for time and effort.

Contact

Study Coordinator
513-803-1345
ADHDsleep@cchmc.org
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, MLC 10006
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Stephen Becker, PhD
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

 

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