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J Epidemiol Community Health. 1995 Aug;49(4):431-6.

The ten questions screen for childhood disabilities: its uses and limitations in Pakistan.

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  • 1G H Sergievsky Centre, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the accuracy of the ten questions screen as a measure of childhood disability for epidemiologic studies in populations lacking resources for professional assessment of children's development and functioning.

DESIGN:

Household survey and screening of children in phase one followed by clinical assessments in phase two.

SETTING:

Karachi, Pakistan.

PARTICIPANTS:

A cluster sample of 6365 children, aged 2 to 9 years, screened using the ten questions and a subsample referred for clinical assessments.

MAIN RESULTS:

Although the sensitivity of the ten questions as a global screen for serious cognitive, motor, and seizure disabilities is high (84-100%), its sensitivity for identifying and distinguishing specific types of disability and for detecting vision, hearing, and mild disabilities, overall, is limited (generally < 80% and as low as 4% for mild vision disability). The predictive value of a positive screening result is also limited-using the ten questions in surveys without clinical confirmation results in overestimation of the prevalence of serious disability by more than 300%.

CONCLUSIONS:

The ten questions screen is not an assessment tool. Its utility lies in its ability to screen or select a fraction of the population at high risk for serious disability. As a screening tool, it allows scarce diagnostic and other professional resources to be efficiently directed toward those at high risk.

PMID:
7650469
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1060134
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