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How do we design more nimble diagnostics?

by  /  18 February 2013
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Despite researchers’ attempts over the past decade to create more efficient screening checklists and parent questionnaires, a comprehensive review confirms that the two gold-standard tools for diagnosing autism — the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) — are the most reliable. 

Read our coverage of the study here »   

Nevertheless, cheaper, faster diagnostics could vastly improve early detection of autism, especially in areas that lack access to suitably qualified pediatric care.

What do you think?                                                             

  • What’s the key to designing less resource-intensive diagnostic tests that approach the reliability of the ADOS and ADI-R?

  • How might emerging technologies, such as new online tools, help bridge the gap?

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