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Non-specialist health workers can deliver autism treatment in Asia, finds study

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6987 (Published 29 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6987
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Researchers from the United Kingdom and South Asia have collaborated to adapt a parent led autism intervention that is effective, feasible, and can be delivered by non-specialist healthcare workers in South Asia.

The parent mediated intervention for autism spectrum disorder in South Asia (PASS) was adapted from the preschool autism communication trial—an intervention used in the UK that targets communication and social interactions. PASS was tested in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and Goa, India, and demonstrated significantly better parent-child interactions than usual care in two of the three outcomes measured. The study was published in Lancet Psychiatry.1

This is the first randomised controlled trial in low and middle income …

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