Taking Action: Strategies to Promote Equitable Healthcare for Autistic Patients

June 1, 2023 | Health System Risk Management

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Recent estimates indicate that 1 in 36 American children aged 8 years are autistic, up from 1 in 44 estimated in 2018. In addition, there are currently more than 5.4 million autistic adults, though this number is expected to increase as individuals who were diagnosed as children in the 1990s and 2000s continue to age.

Autistic people are more likely to experience health disparities, such as increased morbidity, decreased life expectancy, and poorer access to healthcare. They are also more likely to experience additional chronic health conditions—such as seizure disorders,...

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