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dgdavis64
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Primary caredoctors unprepared tohelp adults with autism...

Postby dgdavis64 » Mon May 18, 2015 10:48 pm

How can this be if there really is no real increase in autism? Shouldn't most of these doctors have lots of patients with autism for years and years now? Guess we can forget that BS argument.

Primary care doctors unprepared to help adults with autism
Jessica Wright
16 May 2015

Healthcare providers in the U.S. are ill equipped to care for the growing number of adults with autism, according to unpublished results presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A survey of nearly 1,000 primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals across the U.S. found that most of them don’t have the training needed to care for adults with autism. They also greatly underestimate the number of adults with autism in their practice, despite having a basic understanding of the disorder’s symptoms.

The findings come on the heels of a large survey of medical records, which found that adults with autism face a host of health problems. Many of these conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, are preventable. So one reason for their prevalence may be that people with autism aren’t getting good healthcare.

In the new study, researchers surveyed healthcare workers who are part of Kaiser Permanente, a managed healthcare provider in Northern California. These doctors, nurses and social workers were among those available to the adults with autism who were found to have health complications...

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Re: Primary caredoctors unprepared tohelp adults with autism

Postby Winnie » Tue May 19, 2015 3:59 pm

dgdavis64 wrote: Shouldn't most of these doctors have lots of patients with autism for years and years now?
They have -- apparently largely unrecognized/quite possibly undiagnosed. Read the article you posted:

"The providers admitted to being unprepared: 77 percent rated their ability to care for someone with autism as poor or fair. What’s more, they seemed unaware of how many adults with autism were in their care. For example, about 2 percent of the respondents said they had more than 10 adults with autism in their clinics, when in fact about half of the providers were treating that many."

From last week's IMFAR presentation of this study:

"A high proportion under-reported the actual number of patients with ASD in their panel and rated their knowledge/skills in providing care to ASD patients as poor or fair (77%)."
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Re: Primary caredoctors unprepared tohelp adults with autism

Postby dgdavis64 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:40 pm

lol, The unprepared, ignorant doctor argument... makes perfect sense.

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