Evaluating an evidence-based online screening tool to identify learning disability

Karen McKenzie, Aja Louise Murray, Judith Thompson, Karen Horridge, Kristofor McCarty

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Aim: Many people with a learning disability are unable to benefit from health improvement measures because their learning disability is unrecognised. Screening tools, such as the Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Screening Questionnaire (CAIDS-Q), can offer a way to help. We evaluate the accuracy of a new, online version of the CAIDS-Q.

Methods: Anonymous data from those who had used the online CAIDS-Q in the first weeks of the launch (15th January - 3rd February 2020) were collated and analysed.

Results: Of the 159 people who used the online CAIDS-Q, 126 (79.2) were family/carers of the person that the CAIDS-Q was being completed about and 31 (19.5%) were professionals. Of the 52 people who were reported as having been previously identified as having a learning disability, 47 (90.4%) were correctly identified as such by the CAIDS-Q score.

Conclusion: The accuracy of the online version of the CAIDS-Q was similar to that found with hard copy versions, suggesting it may offer an accurate tool to help identify people with a learning disability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLearning Disability Practice
Early online date19 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • learning disability
  • screening
  • online


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