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Rapid Growth in US Inpatient Autism Units

Jan 13, 2012 -- 7:05 pm
Rapid Growth in US Inpatient Autism Units
Megan Brooks
January 13, 2012 — Over the last decade, the United States has seen a rapid rise in the number of specialized inpatient psychiatric care units set up exclusively to serve children with developmental disorders, particularly autism, results of a survey suggest.

There are currently 9 of these specialized units in the US; 5 of them opened in the last 10 years. Most are part of tertiary care academic hospital systems, but since 2002, 3 units opened within private, nonacademic institutions; this is a "new phenomenon," researchers say.

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