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UNC researchers develop a video intervention to motivate teens to ask providers questions about ADHD

Dr. Betsy Sleath and colleagues recently published a paper on the development of educational videos for teens with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their parents aimed to enhance engagement during pediatric ADHD visits. The videos, guided by Social Cognitive Theory, were developed through focus groups with teens, parents, and providers.

Several themes were identified in these focus groups and can be seen in the table below.  Animated videos were created based on these themes, emphasizing key messages for discussion with healthcare providers. The study incorporated feedback from teen advisory boards and experts, ensuring relevance and effectiveness.

The videos, available on Vimeo and the “Information for the Evolving Teenager” website,, are intended to improve communication and outcomes in adolescent ADHD visits. The research team includes Dr. Sleath, Dr. Delesha Carpenter, Dr. Kathleen Thomas, and Nacire Garcia, all from the Sheps Center.  The researchers plan to evaluate the impact of the videos in a randomized controlled trial.

Read the open access paper online here.