Do Children with Autism Overutilize the Emergency Department? Examining Visit Urgency and Subsequent Hospital Admissions

@article{DeavenportSaman2015DoCW,
  title={Do Children with Autism Overutilize the Emergency Department? Examining Visit Urgency and Subsequent Hospital Admissions},
  author={Alexis Deavenport-Saman and Yang Young Lu and Kathryn Smith and Larry Yin},
  journal={Maternal and Child Health Journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={20},
  pages={306-314}
}
Background Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are more likely to have difficulties accessing health care compared to other children with special health care needs. National data based on parent report indicate that children with ASD are overutilizing emergency department (ED) services, but data on actual ED use has been limited to children with psychiatric diagnoses. This study examined factors associated with ED utilization (rate, urgency, and hospital admissions) among children… CONTINUE READING
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