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Systematic review: cultural adaptation and feasibility of screening for autism in non-English speaking countries

  Aim: To explore the feasibility of screening for Autism spectrum disorder in Non-English-Speaking Countries, the cultural influences and the nurses' role in the screening process.

Background: The prevalence Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is rising worldwide, along with an increase in support for early intervention to improve outcomes. Increasingly, researchers investigated screening for autism in different health care settings to facilitate early detection for ASD. However, little is known about screening autism in non-English speaking countries, impact of culture and the nurse's role in the screening process.

Design: Systematic Review

Data source: Psych INFO, MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, ERIC databases and hand search were conducted from 1990 to March 2014.

Review methods:
PRISMA statement was used as a method to guide the discussion this review.
Result: Five studies were identified from different geographical regions. In all studies children were screened with an adapted version of the Modified Checklist for Autism (M-CHAT) in different clinical settings of non-English speaking countries. Further investigation is required to validate the use of these instrumentinstruments within their general population. Nurses could be trained to undertake for the screening procedure.

Conclusions: Screening for Autism spectrum disorder is challenging and requires knowledge, skills, as well as rigorous screening instrumentinstruments that are adapted to a specific nation`s culture. Although screening with the adapted Modified Checklist for Autism is viable in some healthcare settings of non-English speaking countries, using it in primary settings would necessitate further exploration. With proper training, nurses could screen children for Autism spectrum disorder.

  • Type:

    Review

  • Date:

    08 May 2018

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1186/s13033-018-0200-8

  • Cross Ref:

    200

  • Library of Congress:

    HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    362 Social welfare problems & services

  • Funders:

    University of Glasgow

Citation

Al Maskari, T. S., Melville, C. A., & Willis, D. S. (2018). Systematic review: cultural adaptation and feasibility of screening for autism in non-English speaking countries. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 12(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13033-018-0200-8

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Keywords

Autistic screening, tool, adaptation adequacy, cultural adaptation,

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