Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 11, pp 2498–2504 | Cite as

Brief Report: The Medical Care of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identifying the Needs

  • Mary Beth Bruder
  • Gerard Kerins
  • Cynthia Mazzarella
  • Jessica Sims
  • Neil Stein
Brief Report

Abstract

There is a lack of information concerning adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially with regards to their access to health care. A paper and electronic survey was sent to 1,580 primary care physicians in Connecticut. 346 respondents returned a survey and provided care to adults with an ASD. This physician survey provides data on adults with ASD such as: reasons for physician visits, living arrangements, employment status, and any services they are receiving. Responses revealed inadequate training in the care of adults with an ASD and physicians interest in obtaining additional training. The ability to provide a medical home for adults with autism will need to address effective strategies to train current and future physicians.

Keywords

Adults with autism Medical needs Characteristics of adults with ASD Training of physicians 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Beth Bruder
    • 1
  • Gerard Kerins
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cynthia Mazzarella
    • 1
  • Jessica Sims
    • 1
    • 4
  • Neil Stein
    • 3
  1. 1.A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and ServiceUniversity of ConnecticutFarmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Hospital of St. RaphaelNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.University of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA
  4. 4.Child Care Aware of MissouriSt. LouisUSA

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