The semi-structured Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in Adults (DIVA 2.0) is a reliable tool for assessing and diagnosing adult ADHD, reports a recent study performed in a university hospital setting in Spain.
Despite its prevalence, tools to measure ADHD in adults have to date been restricted to the Conners’ Adult ADHD Diagnostic Interview for DSM-IV (CAADID). In this Spanish study of 40 outpatients, the validity of the DIVA 2.0 in adults with ADHD was assessed and compared with the validity of the CAADID and other ADHD severity scales.
Participants were interviewed by psychiatrists and psychologists. The semi-structured interviews (CAADID and DIVA 2.0) were administered by psychiatrists, whilst rating scales (ADHD-rating scale [ADHD-RS], Wender Utah Rating Scale [WURS] and Sheehan’s Disability Scale [SDS]) plus a neuropsychological assessment battery were administered by psychologists.
The DIVA 2.0 interview demonstrated 100% diagnostic accuracy for ADHD in adults compared with the diagnoses obtained using the CAADID (the gold standard measure), whilst demonstrating similar psychometric properties to the CAADID as a diagnostic tool. Validity of the DIVA 2.0 demonstrated good correlation with three self-reported rating scales: the WURS (r = 0.544, p<0.0001), the ADHD-RS (r = 0.720, p<0.0001) and Sheehan’s Dysfunction Inventory (r = 0.674, p<0.0001).
The DIVA 2.0 interview is available as a PDF or downloadable app on the website of the DIVA Foundation, making it ideal for use in clinical practice and research settings alike.
Read more about the reliability and validity of the DIVA 2.0 instrument here
Ramos-Quiroga JA, Nasillo V, Richarte V, et al. Criteria and concurrent validity of DIVA 2.0: a semi-structured diagnostic interview for adult ADHD. J Atten Disord 2016; [Epub ahead of print].