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Question 2: Do weighted blankets improve sleep in children with an autistic spectrum disorder?
  1. Nikola Creasey,
  2. Fiona Finlay
  1. Community Child Health Department, Bath, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nikola Creasey, Community Child Health Department, Bath NHS House, Newbridge Hill, Bath BA1 3QE, UK; nikolacreasey{at}nhs.net

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Scenario

In community paediatric outpatient clinics, several parents have asked you about the use of weighted blankets to help their children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) get to sleep. Weighted blankets had been recommended by the local ASD support group and the parents wanted to know if you thought they were worth buying.

Structured clinical question

In a child with autism (patient) do ‘weighted blankets’ (intervention) have any positive effect on sleep (outcome)?

Search strategy and outcome

The search was done in June 2013.

Secondary sources

Cochrane Database yielded no results.

Primary sources

A search of MEDLINE using ‘weighted blanket’ OR ‘weighted vest’ OR ‘pressure vest’ AND ‘autistic spectrum disorder’ yielded 11 results, of which 0 were relevant.

A search of MEDLINE using ‘weighted blanket’ OR ‘weighted vest’ OR ‘pressure vest’ AND ‘sleep’ yielded 0 results.

A search of CINAHL using ‘weighted blanket’ OR “weighted vest’ OR ‘pressure vest’ AND ‘autistic spectrum disorder’ yielded 11 results, of which 0 were relevant.

A search of CINAHL using ‘weighted blanket’ OR ‘weighted …

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