Clinical Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adults and children in the UK: a narrative review.

Jennie Hayes, Tamsin Ford, Hateem Rafeeque and Ginny Russell

This study found that clinical guidelines for diagnosis of autism guidelines varied in their recommendations for use of diagnostic tools and assessment procedures. Although individual guidelines appeared to present a coherent and systematic assessment process, they varied enough in their recommendations to make the choices available to healthcare professionals particularly complex and confusing.

The full article can be downloaded here . Most of the guidelines cited in the article are freely available online, however, those that are more difficult to find can be accessed here. Please contact us if you have any difficulty accessing guidelines.

Garland, J., O’Rourke, L. and Robertson, D. (2013) Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults: Clinical Features and the Role of the Psychiatrist.19, 378-91.

NICE (2011) Autism: Recognition, Referral and Diagnosis of Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum.

NICE (2011) Autism Spectrum Disorder in Under 19s: Recognition, Referral and Diagnosis.

NICE (2012) Recognition, Referral, Diagnosis and Management of Adults on the Autism Spectrum.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (2014) Good Practice in the Management of Autism (including Asperger Syndrome) in Adults.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (2016) SIGN 145: Assessment, Diagnosis and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Regional Autistic Disorder Network for Northern Ireland (2011) Six Steps of Autism Care: For Children and Young People in Northern Ireland.

NICE (2012) Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults: Diagnosis and Management.