Brief Report: Telephone Administration of the Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised: Reliability and Suitability for Use in Research
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- Ward-King, J., Cohen, I.L., Penning, H. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2010) 40: 1285. doi:10.1007/s10803-010-0987-x
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The Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised is one of the “gold standard” diagnostic tools for autism spectrum disorders. It is traditionally administered face-to-face. Cost and geographical concerns constrain the employment of the ADI-R for large-scale research projects. The telephone interview is a reasonable alternative, but has not yet been examined for reliability with face-to-face administration. In this study, participants were interviewed both face-to-face and on the telephone using the complete ADI-R interview. Results indicate that there was no significant difference between the algorithm scores or the diagnoses arrived at for face-to-face and telephone administrations. Reliability statistics across the two modalities were very good and indicate that telephone interviews using the ADI-R are a viable option for researchers.