Co-morbid health conditions in people with autism spectrum disorder: a systematic review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Rydzewska, E. , Dunn, K. and Cooper, S.-A. (2016) Co-morbid health conditions in people with autism spectrum disorder: a systematic review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. 2016 IASSIDD World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 14-19 Aug 2016. p. 808. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12306)

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Aim: Research on co-morbid health conditions experienced by people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is underdeveloped. This study aimed to systematically review existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses in order to identify evidence on the physical and mental health needs of people with ASD. Method: A literature search was conducted through PsycINFO, Scopus, CINAHL, Medline, and Cochrane databases an was limited to systematic reviews and meta-analyses published between 2005 and 2015. The following search terms were used: ‘autis*’ OR ‘pervasive developmental disorder’ OR ‘Asperger*’ OR ‘ASD’. Results: Out of 3,035 results, 243 articles were identified as potentially relevant and chosen for further review; 20 articles met the inclusion criteria. These focussed on mental health conditions (n=8), physical and genetic conditions (n=7),epilepsy (n=3), gender differences in health needs (n=1)and health problems in aging populations (n=1).Conclusions: Individuals with ASD experience a variety of co-morbid health problems, and frequently more than one condition co-occurs with autism. Whilst evidence exists regarding prevalence of co-morbidities, significant heterogeneity of studies and inconsistent reporting impact on the quality of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in this field.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Abstract published in Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Special Issue: Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice 60(7-8):808.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dunn, Mrs Kirsty and Cooper, Professor Sally-Ann and Rydzewska, Dr Ewelina
Authors: Rydzewska, E., Dunn, K., and Cooper, S.-A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
ISSN (Online):1365-2788
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