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Diagnostic validity of the MINI-KID disorder classifications in specialized child and adolescent psychiatric outpatient clinics in Sweden

Journal article
Authors C. Hogberg
Eva Billstedt
C. Bjorck
P. O. Bjorck
S. Ehlers
L. H. Gustle
C. Hellner
H. Hook
E. Serlachius
M. A. Svensson
J. O. Larsson
Published in Bmc Psychiatry
Volume 19
ISSN 1471-244X
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Language en
Keywords Validity, Standardized interview, Child and adolescent psychiatry, LEAD, MINI-KID, international neuropsychiatric interview, personality-disorder, eating-disorder, dsm-iv, reliability, expert, validation, instrument, depression, agreement
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry


BackgroundMissing diagnostic information often results poor accuracy of the clinical diagnostic decision process. The Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview for Children and Adolescents (MINI-KID) is a short standardized diagnostic interview and covers a rather broad range of diagnoses applicable to children and adolescents. MINI-KID disorder classifications have shown test-retest reliability and validity comparable to other standardized diagnostic interviews and is claimed to be a useful tool for diagnostic screening in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric care. The concordance between the Swedish language version of the MINI-KID Interview and LEAD (Longitudinal, Expert, All Data) research diagnoses was studied in secondary child and adolescent psychiatric outpatient care.MethodsMINI-KID interviews were performed for 101 patients, boys n=50, girls n=51, aged 4 to 18years. The duration of the interview was on average 46min, the child/adolescent participating together with the parent(s) in most cases. The seven most prevalent diagnoses were included in the analyses.ResultsThe average overall percent agreement (OPA) between MINI-KID and LEAD was 79.5%, the average percent positive agreement (PPA) 35.4 and the average percent negative agreement (NPA) 92.7. OPA was highest for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (0.89), Tic disorders (0.88) and Pervasive developmental disorders (0.81). There were similar results in diagnostic agreement comparing the two versions: the standard MINI-KID and MINI-KID for parents. The specific screening questions in MINI-KID resulted in additional preliminary diagnoses compared with the regular initial clinical assessment.ConclusionsOverall, there was an acceptable agreement between MINI-KID disorder classifications and research diagnoses according to LEAD. The standardized interview MINI-KID could be considered as a tool with the possibility to give valuable information in the diagnostic process in child and adolescent care which is similar to the setting in the present study.

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