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Parents and professionals attitudes to dietary interventions in ASD (PADIA)  

Dietary interventions in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are prominent in the media and among families of children with autism. One such intervention is a diet free of gluten (predominantly found in wheat products) and casein (found in dairy products), referred to as a GFCF diet. However, the efficacy of the GFCF diet in improving behavioral symptoms of autism has not been determined. A large-scale, multi-site, randomized controlled trial will be needed to evaluate the impact of this diet in children with autism. As an initial step towards such a complex and costly trial, this study aims to survey parents and key child health professionals in the United Kingdom to investigate their attitudes towards the use of the GFCF diet, and their preparedness to support a large-scale randomized controlled trial. These survey findings will determine what might help or hinder this research and provide important general insights as to how to recruit and retain parents and professionals to studies addressing ASD. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $109,658.00
Project Number 2984
Principal Investigator Le Couteur, Ann
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Newcastle University
State/Country United Kingdom
Web Link 1 Parents and professionals attitudes to dietary interventions in ASD (PADIA) (External web link)
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