ERIC Number: EJ1055460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Brief Report: Emergency Department Utilization by Individuals with Autism
Iannuzzi, Dorothea A.; Cheng, Erika R.; Broder-Fingert, Sarabeth; Bauman, Margaret L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n4 p1096-1102 Apr 2015
To identify medical problems most commonly presenting to emergency departments among individuals with autism as compared to non-autistic persons across age groups. Data was obtained from the 2010 National Emergency Department database and was analyzed by age categories: 3-5, 6-11, 12-15, 16-18 and 19 years and older. Epilepsy emerged as the leading presenting diagnosis among those with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ages 16-19 years and 19 over. Psychiatric conditions were primary among ASD individuals aged 12-15 years, accounting for more than 11% of all visits. In this sample, age-related differences were noted in medical diagnoses among autistic individuals as compared to non-autistic persons.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Comparative Analysis, Epilepsy, Mental Disorders, Age Differences, Clinical Diagnosis, Medical Services
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