Diagnostic Accuracy of a Tiered Assessment for FASD (DATAforFASD)
This NHMRC funded project seeks to determine the accuracy of rapid assessments for FASD and whether using rapid assessments costs less for the healthcare system.
We are comparing rapid assessments (index tests) to comprehensive assessments (reference tests) to determine the accuracy of index tests in:
- – identifying impairment in each of 10 neurodevelopmental domains
- – diagnosing FASD
We are evaluating whether rapid assessments have lower direct healthcare costs and more indirect cost savings when:
- – using index rather than reference tests
- – delivering assessments in primary care rather than specialist clinics
The outcome will establish whether we can deliver a valid and culturally-appropriate FASD screening and assessment protocol that is accurate and cost-effective. This would have wide-spread applicability across primary care, reducing wait times for families in need of help.
Gold Coast University Hospital
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
North West Hospital and Health Service
University of Queensland
University of the Sunshine Coast
Dianne Shanley, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Karen Moritz, Sheena Reilly, Robert Ware, Joshua Byrnes, Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, Amanda Wheeler, Kerryann Walsh
Marjad Page, Karen West, Joan Marshall, Erinn Hawkins, Doug Shelton, Heidi Webster, Natasha Reid, Daniel Williamson, Andi Crawford