The ATN Clinicians have recognized that special considerations need to be taken into account when treating patients with ASD. In developing their algorithms and guidelines they are taking special care to ensure that their information will make diagnosis and treatment easier, especially for clinicians who may not be as experienced or familiar with treating patients who have ASD.
We have spent much of 2010 pilot testing draft algorithms which will later be developed into formal guidelines. Pilot testing involves a subset of ATN sites trying out the flow diagrams with children in the ATN. The pilot sites meet monthly on conference calls led by the National Initiative on Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) to discuss progress, successes and challenges. NICHQ has also led the pilot sites in collecting data to measure the level of adherence to the flow diagrams. Subsequently, we will be reviewing ATN Registry data to determine whether children who have been cared for following the steps of the flow diagrams have greater improvement than children who have not been cared for using the flow diagrams.
What do we mean by 'guidelines'?
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