Health and Healthcare Access among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability

Jan 10th, 2018 by Dorothy Hiersteiner | No Comments Yet

In coordination with his previous research at the Lurie Institute at Brandeis University, NCI's newest team member, Henan Li, PhD., used NCI data in a policy brief entitled Health and Healthcare Access among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability: 2015 - 2016

The Policy Brief uses 2015-16 NCI Adult Consumer Survey data to look at health and healthcare disparities faced by adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Henan's research found:

  • Adults with ASD and ID reported poorer general health than the general adult population of the United States.
  • About 29% of adults with ASD and ID reported at least one chronic health condition such as diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol.  
  • More than half of the respondents reported at least one diagnosis of mental illness/psychiatric condition (anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia etc.). Among those, three out of five took medication to treat those conditions. 
  • Most respondents had access to primary care doctors, annual health exams, dental care, and vision care. However, access to different types of preventive health screenings were uneven.

 Take a look at this interesting policy brief. 

 

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