Autism Care Standards Need Improvement Says NICE

Posted: January 21, 2014 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Same Difference

The quality of care for people with autism is poor and varied across England, health leaders have warned.

There is a real variation in the type and quality of care that people receive and many patients often have other conditions that go undiagnosed, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) in a report on autism, the developmental condition which affects the way the brain processes information. It can lead to life-long problems and difficulties with social interaction, impaired language and communication skills.

Nice has called for clearer standards to ensure consistent treatment across the country. As part of a new set of proposed guidelines, Nice states that people who are referred to autism specialists should receive a diagnostic assessment within three months.

Jonathan Green, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Manchester, who helped to develop the new set of standards, claimed that…

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