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Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry

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BORDINI, Daniela et al. Impact of training in autism for primary care providers: a pilot study. Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. [online]. 2015, vol.37, n.1, pp.63-66.  Epub Oct 31, 2014. ISSN 1516-4446.


To evaluate the impact of a training program on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) identification offered to Brazilian health professionals.


Twenty-two primary care providers participated in five 3-hour weekly training sessions.


The trained providers significantly improved their ASD knowledge after training in comparison with pre-training (mean score, 6.73 vs. 9.18, p < 0.01). Clinical practice also changed: 4 months after the training program, the providers had referred six times as many suspected cases of ASD to a specialized mental health service in comparison with the previous 4 months.


This pilot training model seems a promising, feasible, and inexpensive way to improve early identification of ASD in the primary care system.

Keywords : Autistic disorder; inservice training; early diagnosis; primary health care.

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