A mixed-methods randomized controlled trial pilot study evaluated an educational curriculum focused on the medical needs of transition-age youth (TAY) with autism (ASD) for family nurse practitioner students. Fourteen out of a cohort of 16 (87.5%) nursing students consented to participate in the study and were randomly assigned to either a waitlist control group (WLC) (n = 8) or an intervention group (INT) (n = 6). Three measures were used to determine pre- and post-intervention levels of self-efficacy, knowledge, and attitudes. Quantitative and qualitative data provide preliminary support that participation in intervention may improve and enhance knowledge and level of self-efficacy in working with TAY with ASD.
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Special thanks to Elaine Gabovitch MPA, Katherine Murray BSN, and Thomas Maloney MSN whose contributions made this study possible. This study would not have been possible without the support from the Arc of MA Operation House Call program.
This work was supported by WITH Foundation.
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Iannuzzi, D., Rissmiller, P., Duty, S.M. et al. Addressing a Gap in Healthcare Access for Transition-Age Youth with Autism: A Pilot Educational Intervention for Family Nurse Practitioner Students. J Autism Dev Disord 49, 1493–1504 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3846-9
- Autism (ASD)
- Transition-age youth (TAY)
- FNP students