Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adulthood often represents a challenge in clinical practice. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the ADOS and ADI-R in diagnosing ASD in adults. 113 subjects with an IQ of 70 or above were assessed through an extensive clinical evaluation. The ADOS-2 Module 4 and the ADI-R were separately administered by staff members blind to clinical judgment. Our results cautiously confirm the accuracy of ADOS-2 Module 4, while suggest that ADI-R might not be reliable in adults without intellectual disability. Clinicians' training and experience remains of primary importance while assessing adults who could potentially belong to the autism spectrum.

Diagnosing ASD in Adults Without ID: Accuracy of the ADOS-2 and the ADI-R

FUSAR POLI, LAURA
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BRONDINO, NATASCIA;ROCCHETTI, MATTEO;PANISI, CRISTINA;PROVENZANI, UMBERTO;DAMIANI, STEFANO;POLITI, PIERLUIGI
2017

Abstract

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adulthood often represents a challenge in clinical practice. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the ADOS and ADI-R in diagnosing ASD in adults. 113 subjects with an IQ of 70 or above were assessed through an extensive clinical evaluation. The ADOS-2 Module 4 and the ADI-R were separately administered by staff members blind to clinical judgment. Our results cautiously confirm the accuracy of ADOS-2 Module 4, while suggest that ADI-R might not be reliable in adults without intellectual disability. Clinicians' training and experience remains of primary importance while assessing adults who could potentially belong to the autism spectrum.
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