Age of Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Nepal
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The current study investigated the age of diagnosis (AoD) of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Nepal by using de-identified data on 246 children with a diagnosis of ASD registered at AutismCare Nepal Society from 2010 to 2015. The mean AoD in children was 58 months (range 14–187 months). Majority of children were male (76%), lived in the Kathmandu valley (75%), and were from upper caste groups (62%). The mean diagnostic age of ASD in Nepal is much later than the age at which a reliable diagnosis is possible, indicating the need to reduce the gap between the age at which it is possible to diagnose ASD, and the average age at which ASD is currently diagnosed.
KeywordsAutism spectrum disorder Age of diagnosis Low- and middle-income countries Nepal
The first author was supported by the Australia Awards Scholarship. We would like to thank AutismCare Nepal Society for providing the data for analysis.
RS participated in the conception and design of the study, conducted the analysis and interpretation of data and drafted the manuscript. CD and JB participated in the conception and design of the study, advised on the analysis and interpretation of data and supervised the manuscript preparation, including editing the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The study was funded by Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University.
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All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Formal consent was not required for this study given the use of de-identified data.
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