Surveillance decision

Surveillance decision

We will not update the guideline at this time.

Reason for the decision

We found 50 new studies through surveillance of this guideline.

This included new evidence on:

  • Assessment, monitoring and management of coexisting conditions in adults with autism.

  • Identifying the correct interventions and monitoring their use.

  • The effectiveness of vocational and supported employment programmes.

  • Psychosocial interventions.

  • Biomedical interventions, including complementary and alternative medicine and physiotherapy.

  • Organisation and delivery of care.

We asked topic experts whether this new evidence would affect current recommendations on autism spectrum disorder in adults. Generally, the topic experts thought that an update was not needed.

We did not find any new evidence on:

  • Experiences of families, partners and carers of adults with autism.

  • Signs and symptoms of possible autism.

  • Methods/tools for case identification.

  • The effectiveness of educational interventions.

  • Factors that moderate the effectiveness of interventions.

  • The role of families, partners and carers in supporting the delivery of interventions.

  • Information and day-to-day support for families, partners and carers.

  • Essential elements in the effective provision of support services for the individual, day care and residential care.

None of the new evidence considered in surveillance of this guideline was thought to have an effect on current recommendations.


No equalities issues were identified during the surveillance process.

Overall decision

After considering all the new evidence and views of topic experts, we decided that no update is necessary for this guideline.

See how we made the decision for further information.

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