Autism-specific primary care medical home intervention

J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Jun;42(6):1087-93. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1351-5.


Forty-six subjects received primary medical care within an autism-specific medical home intervention ( ) and 157 controls received standard primary medical care. Subjects and controls had autism spectrum disorder diagnoses. Thirty-four subjects (74%) and 62 controls (40%) completed pre and post surveys. Controlling for pre-survey medical home status, subjects had 250% greater odds of receipt of a medical home at the study end compared to controls (p = 0.021). Compared to controls, subjects receiving the intervention reported significantly more satisfaction (p = 0.0004), greater shared decision making (p = 0.0005) and fewer unmet needs (p = 0.067). However, subjects reported no change in family stress (p = 0.204).

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child Health Services
  • Disabled Children
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Patient-Centered Care / methods*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*