Research Summaries: Emergency Service Use of Ontario Teens and Adults with Autism

Research Summaries: Emergency Service Use of Ontario Teens and Adults with Autism

by: Melissa Paquette-Smith

People with autism and their families often have complex health care needs. Ideally, these needs can be met in the community through proactive healthcare services (e.g., family doctors, psychiatrists). For some families, however, there are times when these needs extend beyond community resources and require unplanned care, or emergency service use (e.g., emergency department, police).

In collaboration with researchers at CAMH and York University, this study described the rates and predictors of emergency service use in people with autism living in Ontario. We also described the experiences that people with autism and their families had in visiting the hospital emergency department and interacting with police. To do this, we collected information about the planned and emergency service use of 396 families and 66 adults with autism living in Ontario.

{Click here} To read the summary of our study on the emergency service use of Ontario teens and adults with autism: Family caregiver study.

{Click here} to read the summary of our study on the emergency service use of Ontario adults with autism: Self-advocate study.