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A pilot study of autism-specific care plans during hospital admission

TitleA pilot study of autism-specific care plans during hospital admission
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBroder-Fingert, S, Shui, AM, Ferrone, C, Iannuzzi, D, Cheng, ER, Giauque, A, Connors, S, McDougle, CJ, Donelan, K, Neumeyer, AM, ,
JournalPediatrics
Volume137
PaginationS196–S204
Keywordsairp
Summary

Lead Author
Sarabeth Broder-Fingert

Study Aims and Objectives
Discuss the feasibility and efficacy of utilizing an autism-specific care plan when children with autism spectrum disorder are seen in a hospital setting.

Methods- Sample, Procedure, Study Measures, Analysis
Autism-specific care plans are plans that families fill out discussing their child’s specific needs- this can include sensory, behavioral, safety, and communication information that might help a healthcare professional provide appropriate and successful interventions. Information about autism-specific care plans was sent to both providers and families, encouraging both parties to use care plans when a child with ASD is going to be seen in a hospital. Families who had recent hospital visits were then surveyed and asked about their interaction with their providers and the care planning process.

Results- Main Findings
Of 142 ASD patients surveyed who had hospital visits within the 2013 calendar year, only 33 utilized an autism-specific care plan during their appointments. The most common reason for not using a care plan was that families were unaware it existed. Families who used care plans reported higher levels of satisfaction with their care, and felt that their providers were better-equipped to work with their children with ASD.

Conclusion- Summary Statement
Autism-specific care plans are beneficial for both families and providers in improving quality of care for children with ASD in hospitals. They are relatively easy to use and improve patient-provider interactions. To ensure that autism-specific care plans are utilized, it may be best to market this tool directly to families, rather than suggesting providers go through the care plan with their patients upon arrival.

PubMed ID26908475