Aim: To evaluate the level of awareness regarding childhood autism among medical professionals of Pakistan.
Methodology: A cross-sectional descriptive survey was conducted among 105 medical students and health-care professionals to estimate their knowledge regarding Autism in Pakistan. By random sampling method, questionnaires were distributed during the month of April 2020. IRB approval was obtained.
Results: The results have highlighted that medical students have significant knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder while Post Graduate trainees and House Officers have moderate knowledge. However, it is alarming to see that there is lack of knowledge among Medical Officers and Consultants. Due to this deficient knowledge gap, medical practitioners are unaware of the severity of this disorder in the region. The results emphasize that there is either initial lack of medical school curriculum or over time knowledge of medical professionals decreases due to which they are unable to identify the prevalent disorders.
Conclusion: ASD is a pertinent regional health concern. Lack of clinical knowledge of this disorder amongst healthcare professionals, needs to be addressed by application of awareness systems. This will improve diagnosis and redesign treatment modalities alongside strategize preventive measures.
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Medical, Student, Child Development Disorders