Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 1087–1094

Hospitalizations of Children with Autism Increased from 1999 to 2009

Authors

    • Department of PediatricsStanford University School of Medicine
    • Department of PediatricsSanta Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Lynne C. Huffman
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University School of Medicine
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University
  • Heidi M. Feldman
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University School of Medicine
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University
  • Jia Chan
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University School of Medicine
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University
  • Olga Saynina
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University School of Medicine
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University
  • Paul H. Wise
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University School of Medicine
    • Department of PediatricsStanford University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-013-1965-x

Cite this article as:
Nayfack, A.M., Huffman, L.C., Feldman, H.M. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2014) 44: 1087. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1965-x

Abstract

We performed a retrospective analysis of hospital discharges for children with autism, in comparison to children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mental retardation/intellectual disability, and the general population. Hospitalizations for autism increased nearly threefold over 10 years, especially at the oldest ages, while hospitalizations for the other groups did not change. Leading discharge diagnoses for each age group in children with autism included mental health and nervous system disorders. Older age, Caucasian ethnicity, and living in a region with a high number of pediatric beds predicted hospitalizations associated with mental health diagnoses. These findings underscore the need for comprehensive clinical services that address the complex needs of children with autism to prevent costly hospitalizations.

Keywords

AutismMental healthHospitalizationAdolescence

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