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Corresponding Author: Janet R. Cummings, Ph.D., Dept. of Health Policy and Management, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road NE, Room 650, Atlanta, GA 30322, Email: jrcummi@emory.edu, (p) 404-727-9198, (f) 404-727-9198

We are grateful for the analytic support provided by Matthew Lakoma (HPHCI), Jialuo Liu (KPSC), and Heather Freiman (KPGA) and for the project management support provided by Donna Rusinak (HPHCI), Magdalena E. Pomichowski (KPSC), Marta Lutsky (KPNC), and Heather Freiman (KPGA).

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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This work was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (grants: U19MH092201, K01MH095823)

Keywords:

  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology, Developmental
  • Psychology
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Health care utilization
  • Preventive services
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • CARE UTILIZATION
  • CONFIRMED INFLUENZA
  • PREVENTIVE CARE
  • VACCINE
  • DISEASE
  • AGE
  • EXPENDITURES
  • COMORBIDITY
  • POPULATION
  • ILLNESS

Health Services Utilization Among Children With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Journal Title:

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

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Volume 46, Number 3

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, Pages 910-920

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review

Abstract:

Using data from multiple health systems (2009–2010) and the largest sample to date, this study compares health services use among youth with and without an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—including preventive services not previously studied. To examine these differences, we estimated logistic and count data models, controlling for demographic characteristics, comorbid physical health, and mental health conditions. Results indicated that youth with an ASD had greater health care use in many categories, but were less likely to receive important preventive services including flu shots and other vaccinations. An improved understanding of the overall patterns of health care use among this population could enable health systems to facilitate the receipt of appropriate and effective health care.

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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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