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Research Article

The Malawi Developmental Assessment Tool (MDAT): The Creation, Validation, and Reliability of a Tool to Assess Child Development in Rural African Settings

  • Melissa Gladstone mail,

    mgladstone@btinternet.com

    Affiliation: Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi

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  • Gillian A. Lancaster,

    Affiliation: Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom

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  • Eric Umar,

    Affiliation: Department of Community Health, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi

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  • Maggie Nyirenda,

    Affiliation: Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi

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  • Edith Kayira,

    Affiliation: Wellcome Trust Research Labs, Blantyre, Malawi

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  • Nynke R. van den Broek,

    Affiliation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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  • Rosalind L. Smyth

    Affiliation: School of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, Institute of Child Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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  • Published: May 25, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000273

About the Authors

Melissa Gladstone, Maggie Nyirenda
Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi
Gillian A. Lancaster
Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Eric Umar
Department of Community Health, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi
Edith Kayira
Wellcome Trust Research Labs, Blantyre, Malawi
Nynke R. van den Broek
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Rosalind L. Smyth
School of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, Institute of Child Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: mgladstone@btinternet.com

Competing Interests

Rosalind L. Smyth is on the Board of Directors of Public Library of Science (http://www.plos.org/about/board.php).

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: MG GAL EU MN EK NRvdB RLS. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: MG GAL EU MN EK NRvdB RLS. Designed the experiments/the study: MG GAL EK NRvdB RLS. Analyzed the data: MG GAL EU EK RLS. Collected data/did experiments for the study: EU MN EK. Enrolled patients: EU MN EK. Wrote the first draft of the paper: MG GAL RLS. Contributed to the writing of the paper: MG GAL EU NRvdB RLS. Helped in data collection and transcription and clean-up of the data: EK. Worked with MG throughout the study from the piloting up to the end: EK. Technical oversight and ensured integrity of study: NRvdB.