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Int Rev Psychiatry. 2018 Feb;30(1):110-115. doi: 10.1080/09540261.2018.1433134. Epub 2018 Mar 14.

Psychiatric hospital treatment of youth with autism spectrum disorder in the United States: needs, outcomes, and policy.

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a Center For Autism and Developmental Disorders , Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Tufts University School of Medicine , South Portland , ME , USA.
b Developmental Disorders Service, Maine Behavioral Healthcare , Maine Medical Center Research Institute and Tufts University School of Medicine , South Portland , ME , USA.


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are admitted to inpatient psychiatric units at markedly high rates. As health insurance companies and government healthcare systems and regulators seek more evidence for healthcare outcomes, it is important to learn more about the effectiveness of psychiatric inpatient admissions for children with ASD to best inform decisions on provision and access to this level of care. Evidence for models of inpatient treatment for youth with ASD is presented, and key characteristics and consensus recommendations for care are discussed.


Autism; aggression; inpatient; insurance; self-injury

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