Priority 7 from the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Canada PSP

UNCERTAINTY: How can treatment decisions for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders be more precise (i.e., based on the diagnosis, age, functional need of the individual)?   (JLA PSP Priority 7)
Overall ranking 7
JLA question ID 0056/7
Explanatory note As the saying goes "if you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism". Each person with a neurodevelopmental disorder may have a unique set of symptoms, needs and abilities. This question raises the importance of how to tailor treatment decisions to the individual - based on diagnosis, age, or functional need. This question also encompasses whether groups of individuals are more likely to respond to a certain treatment or what variables would affect the progress made using a particular intervention (e.g. early intervention, quality of intervention, whether medications are involved).
Evidence None identified
Health Research Classification System category Mental Health
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Are we able to more precisely determine which approach might work for which person? ~ Can symptoms be addressed individually, as opposed to dismissed as just part of the disorder? ~ Improve the form of therapies to better fit the individual ~ Which factors affect how receptive an individual will be to different types of interventions?    
Submitted by Family members/carers, clinicians, service providers
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0056
PSP name Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Canada)
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 63  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 28 September 2017