ERIC Number: EJ884540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Screening Practices of Family Physicians and Pediatricians in 2 Southern States
Gillis, Jennifer M.
Infants and Young Children, v22 n4 p321-331 Oct-Dec 2009
Since 2000, there has been an increasing emphasis on screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during well-child visits (P. A. Filipek et al., 2000; C. P. Johnson & S. M. Myers, 2007). Pediatricians surveyed in 2 mid-Atlantic states reported extremely low rates of screening for ASD (8% of participants) in comparison with higher rates of general developmental screening (80%; S. dosReis, C. L. Weiner, L. Johnson, & C. J. Newschaffer, 2006). The current study was an extension of the study by S. dosReis et al and targeted a different geographic area (i.e., southern states). Both pediatricians and family physicians were recruited to participate in the survey by using paper-pencil and online survey methods. Results revealed a high rate of general developmental screening for both pediatricians and family physicians. Despite participants' acknowledgment of increased prevalence rates of ASD, low rates of screening for ASD were reported (28%) and important barriers were identified. In light of these results, alternative and creative solutions to improve screening practices are discussed.
Descriptors: Autism, Physicians, Family Practice (Medicine), Screening Tests, Health Promotion, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Pediatrics, Disability Identification, Surveys, Child Development, Incidence, Barriers
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