|Title||Treatment for Sleep Problems in Children with Autism and Caregiver Spillover Effects.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||J. Tilford, M, Payakachat, N, Kuhlthau, KA, Pyne, JM, Kovacs, EA, Bellando, J, Williams, D, Brouwer, WB, Frye, R|
|Journal||Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders|
|Date Published||2015 Nov|
Sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are under-recognized and under-treated. Identifying treatment value accounting for health effects on family members (spillovers) could improve the perceived cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve child sleep habits. A prospective cohort study (N = 224) was conducted with registry and postal survey data completed by the primary caregiver. We calculated quality of life outcomes for the child and the primary caregiver associated with treatments to improve sleep in the child based on prior clinical trials. Predicted treatment effects for melatonin and behavioral interventions were similar in magnitude for the child and for the caregiver. Accounting for caregiver spillover effects associated with treatments for the child with ASD increases treatment benefits and improves cost-effectiveness profiles.
Study Aims/Objectives To understand the importance of sleep problems on the health of children with ASD and to measure the change in quality of life that a successful treatment may have for both the children and their primary caregiver.
Methods - Sample, Procedure, Study Measures, Analysis
Results – Main Finding(s)
Conclusion – Summary Statement
|Alternate Journal||J Autism Dev Disord|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC4609586|
|Grant List||R01 MH089466 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States|