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The Carolina Autism Transition Study (CATS)

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Technical Report,01 Jul 2015,30 Jun 2016

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Medical University of South Carolina Charleston United States

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This report provides a description of the Year 1 progress made and plans for Year 2 for the project entitled The Carolina Autism Transition Study CATS. The goal of this study is to characterize the longitudinal outcomes of individuals identified with ASD at age 8 through population-based surveillance. Services and outcomes will be analyzed for youth ranging in age from 16 and 22, and used to identify predictors of specific outcomes in order to provide insight into which factors may influence successful transition for this population. During year one, our team met with the data managers for all of the proposed data base linkages, identified all variables of interest for inclusion in the study, and secured data agreements with eight sources. During the second year of this study we will submit our data for linkage, receive datasets that can be linked via unique identifiers, and merge and clean these datasets. We will then begin analyses for Aim 1 Characterize the service utilization patterns and outcomes of individuals with ASD during the critical period of transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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