Referral profile of developmental disabilities at a tertiary care hospital in a resource-limited country

Document Type

Short Paper


Paediatrics and Child Health; Medical College Pakistan


The burden and the spectrum of neuro-developmental disabilities are well-established in the developed countries, however, they continue to be a challenge in the Low Middle-Income Countries. The aim of this study was to present the referral profile and trends of developmental disabilities in the child development centre of The Agha khan University, from 2012 to 2021. All children (1 month to 18 years), who had undergone diagnostic evaluations for suspected neurodevelopmental disabilities were included. A total of 1340 children were evaluated at the centre. The mean age of the children at the presentation was 5.4 ± 3.0 years. Male to female ratio was 3:1. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was the most common diagnosis (n=446, 33.3%). This study highlights a considerable burden and an increasing trend of children being referred for suspected developmental disabilities in Pakistan

Publication (Name of Journal)

Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan