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J Autism Dev Disord. 2000 Dec;30(6):585-93.

System and cost research issues in treatments for people with autistic disorders.

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New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Bureau of Planning and Service Design, Albany 12229-0001, USA.


Parents of children with autism and pervasive developmental disorder and educational and clinical practitioners providing services to them regularly confront a wide range of service selection and financial decisions that are not as yet effectively addressed by applied research. Relevant systems issues span a very broad range of concerns: (a) systems delivery models and issues (e.g., costs of services, implementation of intensive intervention, and teacher or therapist training); (b) how best to integrate treatments; (c) providing treatment to those with limited monetary resources; (d) cost and cost/benefit analyses; (e) how to educate adult psychiatrists (as well as other practitioners and personnel) regarding autism; and (f) gaps between research and practice.

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