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Table 3 List of questions included in the guideline on children and adolescents with ASD

From: Introduction and methods of the evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorder by the Italian National Institute of Health

 QuestionMacro-area
1Should structured diagnostic instruments (administered to the children) be added to the clinical assessment from a multidisciplinary team to diagnose ASD core symptoms?Diagnosis
2Should structured diagnostic instruments (administered to the parents or caregivers) be added to the clinical assessment from a multidisciplinary team to diagnose ASD core symptoms?Diagnosis
3Which are the most prevalent comorbidities in children and adolescents with ASD?Diagnosis
4Should INEC comprehensive individual vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used for children and adolescents with ASD?Psychosocials interventions
5Should ABA comprehensive vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used for children and adolescents with ASD?Psychosocials interventions
6Should Educational comprehensive individual vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used for children and adolescents with ASD?Psychosocials interventions
7Should interventions with parents/caregivers vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used for children and adolescents with ASD?Psychosocials interventions
8Should INEC focalized vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used for children and adolescents with ASD?Psychosocials interventions
9Should ABA focalized vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used for children and adolescents with ASD?Psychosocials interventions
10Should INEC focalized vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used for children and adolescents with ASD?Psychosocials interventions
11Should mood stabilizers vs no intervention be used in children and adolescents with ASD?Pharmacological interventions
12Should SSRIs and/or SNRIs vs no SSRIs and/or SNRIs be used in children and adolescents with ASD?Pharmacological interventions
13Should D2 blockers vs no D2 blockers be used in children and adolescents with ASD?Pharmacological interventions
14Should psychostimulants and/or atomoxetine vs no psychostimulants and/or atomoxetine be used in children and adolescents with ASD?Pharmacological interventions
15Should communicative interventions for social communication and interaction vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used in children and adolescents with ASD?Other interventions
16Should interventions for specific behaviours vs no intervention or treatment as usual be used in children and adolescents with ASD?Other interventions