Sensitivity and Specificity of Keith’s Auditory Continuous Performance Test The Auditory Continuous Performance Test (ACPT) was evaluated on one group of subjects who had been diagnosed as having attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and another group for whom ADHD had been ruled out. Although the specificity of the ACPT was acceptably high for a screening test, the sensitivity was very ... Clinical Exchange
Clinical Exchange  |   July 01, 1998
Sensitivity and Specificity of Keith’s Auditory Continuous Performance Test
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Robert F. Oyler, PhD
    Department of Communicative Disorders, Box 70643, Johnson City, TN 37614
  • Kristine M. Rosenhagen
    Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Mary L. Michal
    Department of Communicative Disorders, Box 70643, Johnson City, TN 37614
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: Oyler@etsu.edu
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Exchange
Clinical Exchange   |   July 01, 1998
Sensitivity and Specificity of Keith’s Auditory Continuous Performance Test
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1998, Vol. 29, 180-185. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2903.185
History: Received September 29, 1997 , Accepted October 26, 1997
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1998, Vol. 29, 180-185. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2903.185
History: Received September 29, 1997; Accepted October 26, 1997

The Auditory Continuous Performance Test (ACPT) was evaluated on one group of subjects who had been diagnosed as having attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and another group for whom ADHD had been ruled out. Although the specificity of the ACPT was acceptably high for a screening test, the sensitivity was very low. The conclusions drawn from these results are limited because of small sample size (n = 23). However, until reports based on large study samples are forthcoming, the use of the ACPT as a screening test for ADHD appears questionable.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Portions of this work were supported through grants from the East Tennessee State University Research Development Committee (RDC #95-036/Mjr. and RDC #96-020/GIA) to Robert F. Oyler. We would like to thank Catherine Palmer and Robert Keith, two anonymous reviewers, and Anne L. Oyler for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. We also want to thank all the subjects who participated in this study.
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