Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 1087–1093

Autism-Specific Primary Care Medical Home Intervention

  • Allison Golnik
  • Peter Scal
  • Andrew Wey
  • Philippe Gaillard
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1351-5

Cite this article as:
Golnik, A., Scal, P., Wey, A. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2012) 42: 1087. doi:10.1007/s10803-011-1351-5


Forty-six subjects received primary medical care within an autism-specific medical home intervention ( and 157 controls received standard primary medical care. Subjects and controls had autism spectrum disorder diagnoses. Thirty-four subjects (74%) and 62 controls (40%) completed pre and post surveys. Controlling for pre-survey medical home status, subjects had 250% greater odds of receipt of a medical home at the study end compared to controls (p = 0.021). Compared to controls, subjects receiving the intervention reported significantly more satisfaction (p = 0.0004), greater shared decision making (p = 0.0005) and fewer unmet needs (p = 0.067). However, subjects reported no change in family stress (p = 0.204).


AutismMedical homeCare coordinationPrimary care



Autism spectrum disorder


Children with special health care needs

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allison Golnik
    • 1
  • Peter Scal
    • 1
  • Andrew Wey
    • 2
  • Philippe Gaillard
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of General Pediatrics and Fairview Health System, Department of PediatricsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Division of Biostatistics, School of Public HealthUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Clinical and Transitional Science InstituteUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA