The feedback session of an autism assessment: a scoping review of clinical practice guideline recommendations

Ellen Pattison, Alexandra Ure, Sharon Mittiga, Katrina Williams, Nerelie C. Freeman

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This review aimed to assess the quality and content of recommendations for delivering an autism diagnosis, published internationally within clinical practice guidelines. Seventeen relevant guidelines were identified. When methodological information was provided, recommendations for feedback were predominantly formed through consensus. Recommendations consistently included who should attend feedback, the timing and mode of delivery, the clinician’s manner, and what should be discussed and/or included in an accompanying report. Specific recommendations were not consistent however, and a number of gaps were identified, such as the inclusion of educators and educational specific recommendations. Although individual variation is necessary for autism diagnosis disclosure, agreement on minimum standards of practice is warranted. Further investigation is required to establish best practice.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publication statusAccepted/In press - May 2021


  • Assessment
  • Autism
  • Diagnosis disclosure
  • Feedback
  • Guidelines

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