Brief Report: A Survey of Autism Research Priorities Across a Diverse Community of Stakeholders

  title={Brief Report: A Survey of Autism Research Priorities Across a Diverse Community of Stakeholders},
  author={Thomas W. Frazier and Geraldine Dawson and Donna S. Murray and Andy Shih and J. Sachs and Angela Timashenka Geiger},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
Inclusion of stakeholder voices in the allocation of research funding can increase the relevance of results and improve community engagement in research. We describe the results of an online survey that gathered input from community stakeholders regarding autism research priorities. A demographically diverse sample of respondents (N = 6004; 79.1% female; 72.5% ages 30–59; 86.4% USA) completed the survey. Results indicated a preference for applied relative to basic science topics, though both… 

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