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    Re:autism assessment tools- a (partial) misinterpretation

    As part of the team that undertook review of the paper prior to publication I would like to thank Alan for picking up this misinterpretation and to apologise to our readers for the mistake.

    It's entirely correct that a negative ADOS will be right - the patient will not have autism - about 88% of the time.

    The table 3 is misleadingly titled "prob that the test rules out autism" and should be "post test...

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    autism assessment tools- a (partial) misinterpretation

    Carter and colleagues have done a superb job in summarising the theory and practice of tools used in assessing children for autism. Unfortunately their paper is marred by a mathematical error which, if left unchallenged, could undermine trust in the use of one such tool, the ADOS.

    According to the paper, the positive predictive value (ppv, i.e. the proportion of those who test positive who actually have the cond...

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