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Braz J Psychiatry. 2015 Jan-Mar;37(1):63-6. doi: 10.1590/1516-4446-2014-1367. Epub 2014 Oct 31.

Impact of training in autism for primary care providers: a pilot study.

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1
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit (UPIA), Department of Psychiatry, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
2
Department of Psychiatry, UNIFESP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the impact of a training program on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) identification offered to Brazilian health professionals.

METHODS:

Twenty-two primary care providers participated in five 3-hour weekly training sessions.

RESULTS:

The trained providers significantly improved their ASD knowledge after training in comparison with pre-training (mean score, 6.73 vs. 9.18, p < 0.01). Clinical practice also changed: 4 months after the training program, the providers had referred six times as many suspected cases of ASD to a specialized mental health service in comparison with the previous 4 months.

CONCLUSION:

This pilot training model seems a promising, feasible, and inexpensive way to improve early identification of ASD in the primary care system.

PMID:
25372058
DOI:
10.1590/1516-4446-2014-1367
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