Service audit: Does adding the Autism Quotient as a screening measure increase cost-effectiveness of a local adult autism diagnostic clinic?

Maria Jalmbrant

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Maria Jalmbrant is the Lead Psychologist for Lewisham Adult ASD and ADHD Service, where she has worked since 2012. Dr Jalmbrant has also worked at the National Adult Autism Service at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and Maudsley Outpatients Clinic. She has had a longstanding interest in adults with autism throughout her professional career and used to run an informal diagnostic clinic at the Kensington & Chelsea Psychology Service. She has a brother who is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. She has presented at international and national conferences and published in peer reviewed journals. Her other interests are in the areas of counterterrorism, strategic communication and women's health.


Background and objectives / introduction Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in adults is time-consuming and referral sources often provide limited prior information. We added the Autism Quotient (AQ) to assess its... [ view full abstract ]

Ethics and permissions statement and / or disclosure of potential conflict of interest (if relevant)

MJ, GL and SS are NHS employees and no external funding was used. VG worked in an honorary capacity on a voluntary basis. We have adhered to professional standards and codes of conduct for the research. The audit and the data... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Maria Jalmbrant (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
  2. Viviana Gomez (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
  3. Goran Lukic (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
  4. Sajid Suleman (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)

Topic Area

Topics: Practice


V9B » Oral Posters: Screening, diagnosis and assessment II (15:10 - Saturday, 17th September, Moorfoot Room)