Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Commentary On: Parental Care Seeking Pathway and Challenges for Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Commentary On: Parental Care Seeking Pathway and Challenges for Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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Byline: Avni. Gupta, Sujata. Sethi, Hitesh. Khurana, Ashish. Malik

Sir,

We read the article - 'Parental care-seeking pathway and challenges for autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) children: A mixed-method study from Bhubaneswar, Odisha[1] and found it quite interesting. There is little emphasis on qualitative research in psychiatry. The authors need to be complimented for taking this initiative. The parallel mixed-method approach by experienced and trained researchers, coordination among researchers, supervision, and the use of qualitative analysis software are definite strengths of this study and ensure scientific rigor. Normal distribution pattern has also been taken care of where ever quantitative analyses were required. However, we would like to emphasize on few of the things that should be taken care of in subsequent studies.

First, in the overall diagnostic process after an initial diagnosis of ASD, it is stated that the ASD was suspected or confirmed after the use of screening or standard diagnostic approaches. However, that results would have better generalizability, had the authors taken only confirmed cases of ASD. Further, treating suspected cases for ASD is not having sufficient scientific merit.

In addition, the authors also state that - some interviews were conducted at home, besides planned facility-based assessments. …

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