New measure yields rapid diagnosis in adults with autism

An abbreviated tool enables clinicians to quickly determine whether an adult has autism, a new study suggests. The test could be used either as part of a comprehensive autism assessment or as an autism screen.

Clinicians can diagnose a person with autism by observing her, asking her to complete a self-assessment or interviewing her caregiver. An ideal assessment involves all three components.

The new tool, called the Developmental, Dimensional and Diagnostic Interview-Adult Version (3Di-Adult), involves a caregiver report. It is similar to a standard test called the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). But the ADI-R takes about two hours to administer and, unlike the 3Di-Adult, does not reflect the updated criteria in the latest edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”

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5th January 2018