Identifying Patient Characteristics to Understand Which Children May Receive Diagnostic Clarity in a Virtual Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation

Randi A. Phelps, Erika Sample, Rachel K. Greene, Susanne W. Duvall

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Abstract

Given long waitlists for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) evaluation coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to triage patients to services they are likely to receive diagnostic clarity (i.e., virtual, in-person evaluation). Participants attended a virtual ASD assessment. A subset also attended in-person evaluation. Results suggest younger children with educational services for ASD may benefit from virtual assessment while older patients with a history of psychiatric conditions may benefit from in-person evaluation. An ASD symptom severity tool related to virtual and in-person diagnostic clarity. Family history of ASD related to in-person diagnosis while other variables (e.g., age, educational services) did not. The study suggests patient characteristics may be used to determine for whom virtual ASD assessment may be appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Diagnosis
  • Telemedicine
  • Virtual assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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