The two research summaries below are related to emergency department service use among youth and adults with autism:
1) A review of emergency department visits made by youth and adults with autism from the parent perspective
What you need to know:
Many adolescents and adults with autism visit the emergency department (ED). In this sample, visits were for both medical (63.3%) and psychiatric reasons (36.7%). Most parents reported being satisfied with the quality of care their child received in the ED.
Lunsky ,Y., Tint, A., Weiss, J.A., Paulcka, A.M., & Bradley, E. (2018). A review of emergency department visits made by youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder from the parent perspective. Advances in Autism, 4(1), 10 -18.
2) Emergency service experience of adults with autism without intellectual disability
What you need to know:
Autistic adults who do not have intellectual disabilities commonly report being in emergency situations. Over the course of a 1-year period, 58% of the adults with autism in our sample reported using an emergency service at least once. On average, participants reported greater satisfaction with police compared to ED visits.
Tint, A., Palucka, A.M., Bradley, E., Weiss, J.A. & Lunsky, Y. (Online First). Emergency service experiences of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder without Intellectual disability. Autism, doi: 10.1177/1362361318760294
This research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (MOP a102677). Dr. Weiss is supported by the Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research (Canadian Institutes of Health Research RN162466-284208 in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada, the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, Health Canada, Kids Brain Health Network (formerly NeuroDevNet) and the Sinneave Family Foundation. These research summaries, along with other summaries, can be found on our blog and at asdmentalhealth.ca/research-summaries
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