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Lindly OJ, Zuckerman KE, Kuhlthau KA
Healthcare access and services use among US children with autism spectrum disorder.
This study’s goal was to examine healthcare access and service use among US children with autism spectrum disorder. Data was analyzed from the 2011-2014 National Health Interview Survey data on 651 children with autism spectrum disorder aged 2-17 years. Three measures of healthcare access problems were used: delays accessing healthcare, difficulty affording healthcare, and trouble finding a healthcare provider. Five service measures were used: 4 office visits, 1 well-child visit, flu vaccine, prescription medication, and 1 emergency department visit. Twenty-nine percent of children were found to have had 1 healthcare access problem. This healthcare access problem was associated with lower adjusted odds of 1 well-child visit or prescription medications but higher adjusted odds for 1 emergency department visit or 4 office visits. The association between healthcare access problems and emergency department use were higher for those with higher economic status and White, non-Hispanic subgroups.
Citation: Lindly OJ, Zuckerman KE, Kuhlthau KA . Healthcare access and services use among US children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism 2019 Aug;23(6):1419-30. doi: 10.1177/1362361318815237..
Keywords: Children/Adolescents, Autism, Access to Care, Chronic Conditions, Disparities