J Dev Behav Pediatr 2021 Aug 2. Epub 2021 Aug 2.
School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Department of Research & Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, CA; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland, CA; Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, Pasadena, CA; and Center for Health Services and Society, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine patterns of service receipt and patient outcomes for children receiving applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in an integrated health care system in which commercially insured children were covered by a state autism mandate.
Methods: This retrospective, observational study used a random sample of children with ASD (3-17 yrs) who were members of a large integrated health care system in Southern California and referred for ABA between January 2016 and November 2018. From the 4145 children referred, a random stratified sample of 334 was selected to extract data from clinical reports over 24 months of services. Read More