A Commentary to “Toddler Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Meta-Analysis of Diagnostic Accuracy”
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Over the past decade, the debate surrounding the value of screening instruments have increased, and while some findings support the use of screening instruments, other studies raise critical questions regarding the efficiency of such instruments (Baird et al. 2011; McPheeters et al. 2016; Siu et al. 2016; UK National Screening Committee 2012).
Firstly, it is important to state that this commentary is not intended as a critique of the meta-analysis by Sánchez-García et al. (2019). It is of great importance and conducted with a rigorous meta-analytic approach that provides us with important knowledge of how screening instruments perform across various studies. The systematic search is comprehensive. It includes a combination of broad and narrow search strategies as well as searching through the grey literature. The authors use advanced fitting statistics deploying a Bayesian hierarchical model procedure as well as control for publication bias.
However, the authors of this letter to the...
RAØ, DVC, ANH, SS have contributed equally to this manuscript.
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