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12-01-2022 | Original Paper

Improving Efficiency and Equity in Early Autism Evaluations: The (S)TAAR Model

Auteurs: Meredith I. Brinster, Briana H. Brukilacchio, Autumn Fikki-Urbanovsky, Jeffrey D. Shahidullah, Sheri Ravenscroft

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

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Abstract

This paper describes the (Sin Exclusión) Transdisciplinary Autism Assessment and Resources ([S]TAAR) model and presents early metrics tracking efficiency and equity in access to high-quality comprehensive autism evaluations for young children. Retrospective chart reviews over one year (08/2018–08/2019) with n = 173 children were reviewed. Through care coordination with community providers, the model was developed to meet local needs by increasing throughput of children (< 4 years old) evaluated by a transdisciplinary team. Team-based processes included pre-visit triage, synchronous evaluation procedures, case conferencing, huddles, and care coordination. The model led to increased patient throughput, reductions in waitlist and time to diagnosis, and improved provider satisfaction. Improvements in access to care were equitable across patient race, ethnicity, language, and insurance type.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Improving Efficiency and Equity in Early Autism Evaluations: The (S)TAAR Model
Auteurs
Meredith I. Brinster
Briana H. Brukilacchio
Autumn Fikki-Urbanovsky
Jeffrey D. Shahidullah
Sheri Ravenscroft
Publicatiedatum
12-01-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05425-1