Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Treatment hope for cognitive symptoms in Parkinson's disease
Tues May 17th - Ultra-powerful 7T MRI scanners could help to identify those patients with conditions such as Parkinson's disease who would benefit from new treatments for cognitive symptoms that were previously untreatable, British researchers report today. More
E-cigarettes as effective as patches for pregnant women
Tues May 17th - E-cigarettes can help pregnant women to stop smoking and are as safe as nicotine patches, according to new UK research. More
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...

Personalised autism care urgently needed

Tuesday December 7th 2021

People with autism should be offered personalised, stepped care throughout their lives, an international report sets out today.

The authors of the Lancet Commission on the future of care and clinical research on autism are calling for global co-ordination between governments, health care providers, education, financial institutions, and social sectors to reform research, care, and treatment for autism.

Writing in The Lancet, they say this would include individualised treatments, agreed with active participation from both those with autism and their families.

The report points out the urgent actions that are needed in the next five years to address the needs of people with autism and their families.

It sets out a new standard of care that services and social care systems worldwide should adopt. The Commission also calls for global research efforts to expand beyond basic science toward developing evidence-based practical interventions.

The report says given the heterogeneous nature of autism, a new personalised, stepped care approach is urgently needed, which moves towards a focus on support to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families.

These would focus on individuals’ unique concerns, needs, characteristics, and circumstances and would be adjusted throughout their lives.

Commission co-chair Dr Catherine Lord, of the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, said: “Although numerous well-tried interventions and treatments for autism exist, not enough is known about which treatments or services should be offered, when, to whom, for how long, with what expected outcomes and for what cost.

“Autism is an incredibly heterogeneous condition and treatment approaches must vary not only between people living with autism but throughout a person’s lifetime. This stepped care approach requires coordination on a global scale between governments, social sectors, healthcare providers, education and finance institutions, and among people living with autism and their families.”

The Commission proposes the designation of “profound autism” for people with autism who are minimally verbal or non-verbal, are not able to advocate for themselves, and require 24-hour access to a carer.

The World Health Organization has recognised autism as a global health priority, with key recommendations for all member states to implement, but many remain undiagnosed, especially in areas with low resources.

Co-author Dr Gauri Divan, of Sangath, India, said: “It is imperative that we tackle the scarcity of resources that exist for autism care and treatment worldwide, especially for individuals and their families living in resource-limited settings where autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions may be stigmatised, or overlooked, leaving children undiagnosed until adulthood or in many cases never diagnosed.

“In these settings, where most of the world’s children live, individuals should not have to wait for months or years to start treatment because they are unable to find an appropriate assessment, and once identified as having specific needs, their geography, socio-economic and social status and access to services should not be a barrier for receiving care.”

Lord C, Charman T, Havdahl A et al. The Lancet Commission on the future of care and clinical research in autism. The Lancet 7 December 2021


Tags: Asia | Child Health | Mental Health | North America | World Health

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)