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Facilitated self-help for anxiety and depression in adults with autism:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of facilitated self-help for the treatment of mild anxiety and depressive disorders in adults with autism?
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Why this is important:- Anxiety and depressive disorders commonly coexist in people with autism and are associated with poorer health outcomes and quality of life. This may occur because of the direct impact of the anxiety or depression but also because of a negative interaction with the core symptoms of autism. There is limited access and poor uptake of facilitated self-help by people with autism, largely due to limited availability but also because current systems for the delivery of such interventions are not adapted for use by people with autism. In adults without autism, facilitated self-help is an effective intervention for mild to moderate depression and anxiety. The development of novel methods for the delivery of facilitated self-help could make effective
interventions available to a wider group of people. The suggested programme of research would need to: (a) develop current methods for the delivery of self-help measures to take into account the impact of autism and possibly include developments in the nature of the materials, the methods for their delivery and the nature, duration and extent of their facilitation; (b) test the feasibility of the novel methods in a series of pilot studies; and (c) formally evaluate the outcomes (including symptoms, satisfaction and quality of life) in a large-scale randomised trial.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Autism spectrum disorder in adults: diagnosis and management
Date issued
June 2012

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Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 09/07/2012