Children with disabilities are often misdiagnosed initially and children with neuropsychiatric disorders are referred to adequate resources 30 months later than children with other disabilities

Tuominen- Eriksson, Alli-Marie, Svensson, Yvonne, and Gunnarsson, Ronny K. (2013) Children with disabilities are often misdiagnosed initially and children with neuropsychiatric disorders are referred to adequate resources 30 months later than children with other disabilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43 (3). pp. 579-584.

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Abstract

Disabilities in a child may lead to low self-esteem and social problems. The lives of parents and siblings are also affected. Early intervention may decrease these consequences. To promote early intervention early referral to adequate resources is essential. In a longitudinal retrospective observational study it was found that children with neuropsychiatric disorders without mental retardation were referred 30 months later than other children. Agreement between the referrer's identification of the main disability and the habilitation center's was low with Kappa coefficient 0.44. Whereby agreement on diagnosis between referrer and habilitation centers was low, earlier referral should be promoted.

Item ID: 25340
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3432
Keywords: asperger syndrome; attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity; autistic disorder; early diagnoses; referral and consultation; mental retardation
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2013 02:21
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 20%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Inequalities @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 30%
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