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Race, Ethnicity May Influence Access To Autism Care

Jun 25, 2013 -- 1:57 pm
By SHAUN HEASLEY
June 25, 2013
Minorities with autism are far less likely than those who are white to receive care from specialists for co-occurring medical conditions associated with the developmental disorder, a new study finds.
Many with autism experience gastrointestinal issues, trouble sleeping and other health problems. But a first-of-its kind report suggests that there are wide disparities in treatment for these concurrent symptoms.
Researchers looked at medical records from over 3,600 individuals ages 2 to 21 with autism who were treated at Massachusetts General Hospital or its affiliates between 2000 and 2010, analyzing each clinical visit to assess what types of specialty care or procedures occurred.
They found that those from minority backgrounds were significantly less likely than their white peers to have received an endoscopy or colonoscopy. At the same time, while 14 percent of white individuals with autism had accessed gastroenterology services, just 9 percent of blacks and 10 percent of Hispanics had done so.
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