Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

JAMA. 2016 Feb 16;315(7):691-6. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.0018.


Description: New US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children.

Methods: The USPSTF reviewed the evidence on the accuracy, benefits, and potential harms of brief, formal screening instruments for ASD administered during routine primary care visits and the benefits and potential harms of early behavioral treatment for young children identified with ASD through screening.

Population: This recommendation applies to children aged 18 to 30 months who have not been diagnosed with ASD or developmental delay and for whom no concerns of ASD have been raised by parents, other caregivers, or health care professionals.

Recommendation: The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for ASD in young children for whom no concerns of ASD have been raised by their parents or a clinician. (I statement).

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees*
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / therapy
  • Checklist
  • Child, Preschool
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • United States