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Project Title

Project Title

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

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Bent, Stephen

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

100000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

na

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

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.

Project Link

Project Link

Safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine for autism spectrum disorders (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, San Francisco

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

2311

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine for autism spectrum disorders | 0 | 2010 | 2311
Safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine for autism spectrum disorders | 100000 | 2008 | 2311
Safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine for autism spectrum disorders | 0 | 2011 | 2311

 
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