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The Washinton Post did a story on this: Creators call digital game prescription for ADHD the future of medicine. Critics call it a marketing ploy. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/creators-call-digital-game-for-adhd-children-the-future-of-medicine-critics-call-it-a-marketing-ploy/2020/07/24/4fbb51ea-c5de-11ea-a99f-3bbdffb1af38_story.html
The WP said, “Akili’s website touts its digital approach as “the future of medicine.” But some critics say: Not so fast. “It’s a marketing ploy,” said clinical psychologist and researcher Russell Barkley, author of several books on ADHD.”
“The Lancet Digital Health report said the lead author of that study was a paid consultant with stock options in the firm and three other authors were Akili employees. It’s not rare for companies to pay for such research, but peer-reviewed journals require such relationships to be disclosed as potential conflicts of interest.
The authors of the Lancet study warned that their results weren’t sufficient to suggest that the game substitute for more established treatments for ADHD. Among the limitations of their study, they noted that they had excluded children taking ADHD medication or who had an additional “significant” psychiatric problem, leaving in question whether even the TOVA improvement would apply to those groups.”