Adapting diagnostic tools for African cultures

Nathalie Dick
Nathalie Dick


Studies have found that some parts of diagnostic tests for autism do not translate well to African cultures and that tools need to be linguistically and culturally adapted. (Spectrum report). Teams of researchers are working on adapting existing diagnostic tools to use in South Africa, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Another team from the Wellcome Trust’s Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kilifin is working on an open-source project to develop tools for screening and diagnosing autism in low-income countries. Findings of two of the studies were presented at the 2017 Africa Regional International Meeting for Autism Research.

We would be interested to hear whether this is something you are experiencing in your practice and what steps you take to address this issue.