Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2019-11-18T04:37:41+00:00 Zilfalil Bin Alwi Open Journal Systems <p>The online Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (MJPCH) provides a forum for the dissemination of original research articles as well as review articles in all areas related to Paediatrics and Child Health.</p> <p>This open-access journal focuses on cutting-edge research in the field of Paediatrics and Child Health, including case reports on different clinical findings, hence sharing not only the knowledge but the experience of specialists and consultants in the related fields. Researchers will also have the opportunity to submit their findings in a form of short communications. Different types of submissions will benefit not only the paediatricians but also the general medical profession.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> THE USE OF MODIFIED CHECKLIST FOR AUTISM IN TODDLERS (MALAY VERSION) IN DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL BEHAVIOURAL DISORDERS 2019-11-18T04:37:41+00:00 Doris Sie Chong Lau <p><strong>Objective</strong>: The present study examined the sensitivity and specificity of M-CHAT-Malay version [M-CHAT(MV)] to discriminate ASD from other developmental-behavioural disorders. <strong>Methods</strong>: This study was carried out in the Child Development Centre at a tertiary referral centre. Parents of 130 children aged 18–60 months, referred for developmental-behavioural disorders were asked to complete M-CHAT(MV). A child was considered to have ASD if they failed any 3 of the 23 total items or 2 or more of the 6 critical items. <strong>Results</strong>: Looking at the total items, M-CHAT(MV) has a good sensitivity (88.9%) to differentiate between ASD and other developmental-behavioural disorders, although specificity was only 47.8%. However, the critical items only has sensitivity of 71.4% and specificity of 77.6%. Sensitivity for children aged 49–60 months old was lower (80.0%) compared to those in the younger age group (100.0% and 90.3% for those aged 25-36 months and 37–48 months respectively). Based on the ROC curve, the optimal criteria to detect ASD was failing 1 out of 6 critical items or 3 out of 23 total items. <strong>Conclusion</strong>: M-CHAT(MV) is a good screening tool in differentiating ASD from other developmental-behavioural disorders although the critical items’ criteria may need to be lowered to improve its sensitivity in selected cohorts.</p> 2019-06-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c)