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The mATCH study

The mATCH study: People with autism detained in hospital: defining the population, understanding aetiology and improving care pathways

Research team: Dr Peter Langdon and Dr Magali Barnoux


The University of Kent, University of East Anglia, University College London, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leicester Partnership NHS Trust and Partnerships in Care have been awarded funding from the National Institute of Health Research to conduct a three-year project; the mATCH study.

The study will be researching people with autism detained within hospitals in order to further understand this population and hopefully to improve their care pathways. The project has three key aims:

  • to further develop a proposed sub-typology for people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) detained within hospitals
  • to test the validity of these subtypes by examining the relationship between these subtypes, clinical data and neurocognitive variables
  • to examine the relationship between these subtypes and patient outcome in order to understand the most appropriate care pathway for each subtype

The project started in October 2015 and will run for three years to October 2018.

You can find out more about this project on the mATCH study research website.