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J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Mar;42(3):455-9. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1255-4.

Brief report: the Autism Mental Status Examination: development of a brief autism-focused exam.

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Department of Psychiatry, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, USA. David.Grodberg@mssm.edu

Abstract

The Autism Mental Status Examination (AMSE) described here is an eight-item observational assessment that prompts the observation and recording of signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The AMSE is intended to take place seamlessly in the context of a clinical exam and produces a total score. Subjects were independently administered the AMSE and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). The ADOS was used to estimate the most effective criterion cut-off on the AMSE. A score of five or greater produced excellent sensitivity and good specificity in a high-risk sample. Internal consistency was acceptable and inter-rater reliability was good to excellent. Preliminary findings indicate excellent classification accuracy and suggest that the AMSE provides a rapid and reliable observational assessment in a high-risk population.

PMID:
21519955
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-011-1255-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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