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New CHADIS Questionnaires Release Announcement

Dear CHADIS Users,

We are very pleased to announce the release of a selection of new and revised tools for use within CHADIS. Included with some of these tools is a new CHADIS feature -- the capacity to administer questionnaires in multiple languages! Each of our new and revised tools is described below:

New CHADIS Tools

  • The Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ): The availability of this well-known and widely-used screening system within CHADIS represents an exciting addition to our product, and one we know you will find useful in your routine practice. Available in both English and Spanish, the ASQ includes 19 questionnaires covering ages 4 months through 5 years. Each questionnaire assesses five domains: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social. CHADIS yields results for each of these domains when an at-risk score is determined, and also notifies the clinician of questionnaire results that are within normal limits.
  • NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Follow-Up (Parent Informant and Teacher Informant versions): Intended for use in tracking ADHD symptomatology over time, these questionnaires highlight both symptom scores (degree of ADHD symptomatology) and performance scores (academic and social). As an added feature, we have implemented several new items to allow respondents to describe 'other' symptomatology not included in the original Vanderbilt measures. This represents an "individualized behavior report card" of "target symptoms".
  • Pediatric Symptom Checklist--Youth Report (Y-PSC): Developed as a youth-self-report measure of emotional and behavioral symptoms among adolescents ages 11 and up, this 35-item measure is an important addition to the parent-report PSC already available in CHADIS. This tool is available in both English and Spanish.

Don't forget that to begin using any of these new tools you will need to modify your auto-assignments and indicate your preference for age range (within the range covered by the test) and type of visit for each. The ASQ does require that individual age range questionnaires be added separately. We would be glad to help with these auto-assignments if you email your requests to us.

Revisions to Existing CHADIS Tools

Several existing CHADIS tools have been improved as described below. The modified versions of these questionnaires are now available for your use. You do not need to take any separate action to access these revised versions; simply access them as you did the previous versions. Any existing patient results from the questionnaires' previous versions are also still accessible to you and will never change. That is, old questionnaire results still reference the correct versions of these questionnaires.

  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT): This tool is now available in Spanish as well as English. In addition, in reviewing the M-CHAT, we became aware that our inclusion of the 'not sure' response option was inconsistent with the published versions of this measure. We have therefore removed this response option. Finally, while making these revisions, we also took the opportunity to add two new capabilities to the M-CHAT. The M-CHAT now includes a diagnosis that informs the clinician of results that are within normal limits, as well as a diagnosis that informs the clinician when the target child's age is outside the validated range for the M-CHAT. These functions will facilitate your documentation of completed M-CHAT questionnaires, and will also highlight for you those cases in which a respondent, for whatever reason, completed a questionnaire regarding a child whose age is not within the M-CHAT's validated range.
  • Partner Violence Screen (PVS): As with the M-CHAT, we became aware that our inclusion of the 'not sure' response option was inconsistent with the published version of this tool. This response option has therefore been removed.
  • NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales (Initial Parent and Teacher versions): In implementing the Vanderbilt Follow-Up questionnaires described above, we became aware that the total symptom score presented in the previous versions of the initial questionnaires was misleading. These scoring systems have now been revised for both the Teacher Informant and Parent Informant versions included in CHADIS. The 'other' items described above have also been implemented in these initial Vanderbilt questionnaires.
  • McMaster Family Assessment Device, General Functioning Subscale: This tool is now available in Spanish as well as English.

You can check out the growing family of pre-visit questionnaires now available through CHADIS on our website (www.childhealthcare.org). Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of us.

Best Regards,

The CHADIS Team