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