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Explores evidence-based options for improving services, including action to address waiting times for assessment and diagnosis.

Main findings

  • The reason for long waiting times for diagnostic assessments for children and adults is a mismatch between demand and capacity.
  • Differences in the level of demand and in the capacity of different services causes variations in waiting times in different regions.
  • There appear to be gaps in services, particularly in relation to neurodevelopmental disorders other than autism, like ADHD, which have not benefited from the attention and resources devoted to autism. Therefore, there is a plausible, but not yet proven (prima facie) case for developing services for adults and parents and carers.  However, the evidence base for the cost effectiveness of different service models is limited.


Scoping study for the alignment and development of Autism and Neurodevelopmental services , file type: PDF, file size: 2 MB

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