Journal of Adolescent and Family Health
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Objectives: We review outcome studies regarding the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Method: Studies were identified through electronic bibliographic databases and manual searches of article reference lists. Results: A total of 8 studies met eligibility criteria, consisting of three randomized controlled trials (RCTs), one quasi-experimental study involving a comparison group, two pre-experimental one-group pretest–posttest studies, and two single-system designs. Studies reviewed did not offer credible evidence to suggest that HBOT is an effective treatment for autism. Conclusion: It is premature to call HBOT an effective treatment for Autism and ASD. Individuals clinically treated with HBOT outside the context of a RCT should have the effects of the therapy evaluated using rigorous single-subject designs.
Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene
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Dunleavy, Daniel and Thyer, Bruce A.
"Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy an effective treatment for autism? A review,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 6:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol6/iss1/5
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