How accurate are diagnoses of autism?

A new study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry and reported in Medpage Today compared the diagnostic labels applied to over 2000 children seen in university-based clinics and found significant differences existed.  Authors note implications of the variances on regional funding as well as diagnostic criteria being developed for the DSM 5.

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1 Response to “How accurate are diagnoses of autism?”


  1. 1 Adam McCrimmon November 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The information presented here is not surprising to those clinicians and/or researchers who work with individuals on the spectrum. Diagnostic reliability has been notoriously low for some time now, and continues to be very problematic. As has been stated in many research articles – we are good at diagnosing on the spectrum, but bad at the specific diagnoses within the spectrum. This issue becomes even more compounded when the fact that many clinicians still fail to utilize gold standard assessment measures or fail to integrate the results of these measures effectively. All of this has resulted in the proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria in DSM-5, which will most assuredly eliminate specific diagnoses and move towards a broad Autism Spectrum Disorder category.


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