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Table 1 Comparative Percent Rankings of Characterstics as "Necessary" For Diagnosis of Autism Among Physicians and Non Physicians Group.

From: A survey of Autism knowledge and attitudes among the healthcare professionals in Lahore, Pakistan

Rank PHYSICIANS Percentage Rank NON -PHYSICIANS Percentage
  Diagnostic characteristics    Diagnostic characteristics  
1 Social interaction difficulties 73.2 1 Social interaction difficulties 95.7
2 Lack of social responsiveness 71.1 2 Lack of social responsiveness 92.4
3 Lack of eye contact 68.0 3 Rigid or stereotyped play activities 90.2
4 Language delays 65.4 4 Lack of eye contact 88.2
5 Rigid or stereotyped play activities 59.7 5 Need for sameness, resistance to change in routines 85.7
6 Onset of symptoms before 36 months 56.2 6 Language delays 78.7
7 Need for sameness, resistance to change in routines 53.6 7 Preoccupation with objects. 72.7
8 Unusual mannerisms such as finger flicking 47.6 8 Peculiar speech characteristics 69.2
9 Peculiar speech characteristics 43.5 9 Onset of symptoms before 36 months 59.1
10 Preoccupation with objects. 41.1 10 Unusual mannerisms such as finger flicking 54.9