Navigation Links
Many Adults With Autism Unhappy With Their Health Care
Date:12/18/2012

TUESDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. adults with autism are more likely to report poor health care experiences than those without autism, a new study reveals.

Researchers conducted an online survey of 209 adults with autism and 228 adults without the disorder and found that those with autism reported more unmet health care needs, greater use of emergency departments, and lower rates of preventive services such as Pap smears (a cervical cancer screening test).

The adults with autism were also less satisfied with health care provider communication and felt less comfortable navigating the health care system and managing their health, the Oregon Health & Science University researchers found.

Autism affects about 1 percent of adults in the United States, according to the authors of the study, which was recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Autism is a developmental disorder that impairs social interaction and communication.

"Like other adults, adults on the autism spectrum need to use health care services to prevent and treat illness. As a primary care provider, I know that our health care system is not always set up to offer high-quality care to adults on the spectrum; however, I was saddened to see how large the disparities were," study principal investigator Dr. Christina Nicolaidis, an associate professor of medicine, said in a university news release. "We really need to find better ways to serve them," she added.

The findings have important implications related to changes in the newly released Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which combined autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified into one new category of autism spectrum disorder, the researchers said.

The new criteria are controversial and some studies predict a significant reduction in the number of people who will meet criteria, especially among patients with Asperger's disorder or without intellectual disabilities.

"The existence of health care disparities in our sample, most of whom had diagnoses of Asperger's and/or high educational attainment, highlights the possible negative consequences of stricter criteria," Nicolaidis said. "Not having a diagnosis may deprive patients and their providers of insights, strategies, and accommodations to improve health care experiences."

More information

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has more about adults with autism.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Oregon Health & Science University, news release, Dec. 6, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Infection Might Raise Blood Clot Risk for Older Adults: Study
2. EKG Heart Test May Predict Risk in Older Adults
3. Out-of-hand tree nut consumption associated with better diet quality in children and adults
4. Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds
5. Callahan honored for improving older adults health in their doctors offices
6. Anti-tobacco TV ads help adults stop smoking, study finds
7. Researchers determine vitamin D blood level for reducing major medical risks in older adults
8. WSU researches patterns of heavy alcohol use and life commitments in at-risk young adults
9. Many Young Adults at Risk of Skin Cancer: CDC
10. Employment Prospects Dim for Young Adults With Autism
11. Sleepwalking in Adults More Common Than Thought
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Many Adults With Autism Unhappy With Their Health Care
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and ... main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to Dr. ... Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to include ... in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of Glenn ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... As ... with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine ... and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 ... The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to ... operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) ... will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance research ... anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, ... design, development and manufacturing of collagen and mineral ... announced today that Bill Messer has ... Marketing to further leverage the growing portfolio of ... devices. Bill joins the Collagen Matrix ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) today ... allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily share health care ... coverage decisions, a move that addresses the growing need ... The recommendations address restrictions in the sharing of product ... a prohibition that hinders decision makers from accessing HCEI ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... drugs, announced today that it was added to the ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes ... important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: