Five-year NHS autism research strategy for England

A five-year NHS autism research strategy, to facilitate the use of the best current evidence when making decisions about autism services provided by or paid for by the NHS in England. Introduction Autism is not a rare condition (about 1–2% of England’s population is autistic). Autism should not bar anyone from a happy, healthy and long life; yet relative to their non-autistic peers, autistic people frequently experience the following: • More mental ill-health. • Greater likelihood of poor physical health…