Cost of Autism Diagnostic Assessment (Closed to Recruitment)

This study is hoping to identify how much it costs the NHS to assess a child for possible Autism Spectrum Disorder. In recent years there has been a big increase in referrals for possible autism / social communication difficulties, resulting in increasing waiting times to complete a diagnostic assessment in many centres. The study aims to find out the amount of clinician time it takes to complete an assessment on a national basis.

Who can be involved? 

  • You can be involved if you are receiving care from Solent Children's & Families Services and your child has been referred to the team for assessment because of concerns about their social interaction and/or communication.

What happens to people taking part in this research?

For each child we will collect data from their case notes on which professionals were involved in their assessments with the child development team and how long they took. This data will be recorded anonymously, and shared with the main study centre to allow us to look at what is happening in centres across the UK.

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