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International Journal of Family Medicine
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 601979, 6 pages
Research Article

Parental Perceptions of a Manchester Service for Autistic Spectrum Disorders

1Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Winnicott Centre, Manchester M13 0JE, UK
2University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Received 9 November 2010; Accepted 14 March 2011

Academic Editor: Jacqueline Small

Copyright © 2011 Mischa Mockett et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. User feedback is now an integral part of both clinical governance and service development, and it also provides a key route to engaging parents and children. Autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) can impact on all members of a family, and close working between parents and professionals is essential. Aim. To explore parental satisfaction rates and identify areas in need of improvement. Method. A postal survey was completed by parents whose children had been diagnosed with an ASD in the past 18 months in a Manchester Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. The National Autism Plan for Children was used as a gold standard. Results. Parents were particularly satisfied with the way team members dealt with them and their children during appointments. However, the standard of written information provided about the condition, diagnosis, and support available could be improved. The findings show the benefits of receiving a diagnosis in the recommended timeframe. Discussion. We discuss ways of effectively using scarce resources.