Diagnostic Assessment of Autism in Children Using Telehealth in a Global Context: a Systematic Review

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Katakis, P., Lockwood Estrin, G., Wolstencroft, J., Sayani, S., Buckley, E., Mirzaei, V., Heys, M. and Skuse, D. 2023. Diagnostic Assessment of Autism in Children Using Telehealth in a Global Context: a Systematic Review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders . In Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-023-00408-z
AuthorsKatakis, P., Lockwood Estrin, G., Wolstencroft, J., Sayani, S., Buckley, E., Mirzaei, V., Heys, M. and Skuse, D.
Abstract

Reflecting the significant delays in autism assessments globally, studies have explored whether autism assessments conducted via telehealth are feasible and accurate. This systematic review investigated the psychometric properties of autism assessment tools for children administered via telehealth and examined the diagnostic accuracy of telehealth assessment procedures compared to care-as-usual in-person assessments. Relevant databases (MEDLINE, Embase and PsycInfo) were searched for eligible studies (PROSPERO: CRD42022332500). In total, 18 studies were included, collectively assessing 1593 children for autism. Telehealth assessments for autism were largely comparable to in-person assessments, with a diagnostic agreement of 80–88.2%. Individual behavioral observation tools, diagnostic interviews, and clinician-administered screening tools demonstrated acceptable validity. For many children, diagnostic decision-making can be expedited without loss of validity using telehealth.

JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Journal citationIn Press
ISSN2195-7185
Year2023
PublisherSpringer
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-023-00408-z
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Accepted19 Sep 2023
Deposited11 Jan 2024
FunderThe Paul Foundation
Copyright holder© 2023 Crown
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