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A systematic review of interventions used to treat catatonic symptoms in people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

DeJong, Hannah, Bunton, Penny and Hare, Dougal Julian 2014. A systematic review of interventions used to treat catatonic symptoms in people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 44 (9) , pp. 2127-2136. 10.1007/s10803-014-2085-y

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Abstract

A systematic review was conducted to examine the efficacy of a range of treatments for autistic catatonia. The review identified 22 relevant papers, reporting a total of 28 cases including both adult and paediatric patients. Treatment methods included electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), medication, behavioural and sensory interventions. Quality assessment found the standard of the existing literature to be generally poor, with particular limitations in treatment description and outcome measurement. There is some limited evidence to support the use of ECT, high dose lorazepam and behavioural interventions for people with autistic catatonia. However, there is a need for controlled, high-quality trials. Reporting of side effects and adverse events should also be improved, in order to better evaluate the safety of these treatments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0162-3257
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 01:26
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/86600

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