Autism in Adult Patients and the Effects on Caregivers

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified February 2008 by Sheba Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : August 22, 2006
Last Update Posted : February 6, 2008
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Sheba Medical Center

Brief Summary:

Background: The number of adults with autism is expected to rise significantly in the near future, due to two main reasons: First, a dramatic increase in the estimates of the prevalence of autism starting in the mid 1980s; Second, the clinical diagnosis of autism was first introduced during the 1950s, and those diagnosed with autism back then are only now entering middle age. Few studies, however, have focused on the outcomes of adult autistic individuals, and very little is known about the course of autism in adulthood and on the familial burden resulting from caring for an autistic adult. We therefore propose to study adult outcomes in autism, and to examine the influence of raising an autistic individual on the parents.

Working hypothesis and aims: The primary objectives of the study are:

  1. Determine clinical status and functioning of autistic adults.
  2. Study the influence of raising and caring for an individual with autism on the well-being of the parents.

Condition or disease

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 240 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Autism: Long Term Course and Impact
Study Start Date : August 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date : August 2009

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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Autism or autism spectrum disorder
  • Understands the informed consent
  • Hebrew Speaker

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe acute or chronic illness
  • Substance abuse
  • In control subjects: Autism or autism spectrum disorder in subject or siblings
  • In control subjects: participating sibling

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00367107

Sheba Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Tel Hashomer, Israel
Principal Investigator: Gilad Gal, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Raz Gros, MD Mental Health Epidemiology & Psychosocial Aspects of Illness, The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research

Responsible Party: Raz Gross, Head, Mental Health Epidemiology, The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology Identifier: NCT00367107     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-06-4169-RG-CTIL
First Posted: August 22, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 6, 2008
Last Verified: February 2008

Keywords provided by Sheba Medical Center:
Autism spectrum disorders
long-term outcomes
caregiver burden
birth cohort
nested case-control study

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders