Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Service Utilization in Autism

  • Jonathan A. Weiss
  • Yona Lunsky
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102274-1

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Definition

The provision of services to address health, social, and educational needs and goals. Service utilization has been described as a dynamic interaction between consumers and providers that can be operationalized by describing its continuity (e.g., the degree to which it is provided uninterrupted over time as needed), its comprehensiveness (the degree to which it recognized the full range of needs across time), its accessibility (the facilitation or barriers to receipt), and its productivity (the capacity to generate the sufficient volume of activity required to address needs) (Da Silva et al. 2011). Within the context of autism, service utilization can be driven by need and availability and will inevitably cross various sectors (social services, education, health) as a result of the multifaceted nature of the condition. Service utilization also varies in response to demographic, clinical, and systemic factors over time. Some...

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References and Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada