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Friday, February 12, 2021


In The Politics of Autism, I discuss health care issues and state Medicaid services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Judith Beverly, Theodoros Giannouchos, and Timothy Callaghan have an article at Autism titled "Examining Frequent Emergency Department Use Among Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder." The lay abstract:

 This study used data for 5.9 million individuals with 9.1 million emergency department visits from all hospitals in the state of New York to explore frequent emergency department use between children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and those without autism spectrum disorders. We found that children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders had larger shares of comorbidities and diagnoses related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disability, and epilepsy. Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders were also more likely to utilize emergency departments and to exhibit frequent use. These results emphasize the need for using family-centered care to improve the care experiences of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and their families. In addition, the education of emergency department staff of processes and practices as it relates to delivery of care and the care experience.