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Safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine for autism spectrum disorders  

Recent surveys have found that most families treat their affected children with one or more forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in an effort to improve outcomes. To date, studies that rigorously evaluate the scientific evidence for safety and efficacy have been published for only four CAM therapies for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and there is no readily accessible source of information to inform families about the potential risks and benefits of over 50 reported CAM therapies used in this disorder. This project will determine and report on the safety and efficacy of CAM therapies in three ways. First, a survey will be conducted of parental perceptions of efficacy, cost, and time devoted to each intervention. Second, systematic literature reviews will evaluate all prior published evidence for each CAM therapy and make the information available on an open-access website to families and providers. Third, pilot studies will be initiated to more clearly determine the potential mechanism of action of the most promising CAM therapies. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2008-2011
Project Number 2311
Principal Investigator Bent, Stephen
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Complementary, Dietary, and Alternative
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 University of California, San Francisco
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine for autism spectrum disorders (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
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