Brief Report: Healthcare Providers' Discussions Regarding Transportation and Driving with Autistic and Non-autistic Patients.

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TitleBrief Report: Healthcare Providers' Discussions Regarding Transportation and Driving with Autistic and Non-autistic Patients.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsSartin, EB, Myers, RK, Labows, CG, Metzger, KB, Carey, ME, Yerys, BE, McDonald, CC, Mollen, CJ, Curry, AE
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Date Published2021 Dec 01
ISSN1573-3432
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To characterize healthcare and behavioral service providers' transportation-related discussions with their autistic and non-autistic patients.

METHOD: 78 providers completed a cross-sectional survey assessing their transportation discussions with patients. We used Mann-Whitney U tests and chi-square tests to compare differences in provider reports by patient diagnosis.

RESULTS: Compared with one in two providers who reported they discuss transportation with non-autistic patients, only one in five have these conversations with their autistic patients. Few (8%) providers felt prepared to assess driving readiness in autistic patients, yet only a quarter refer patients elsewhere.

CONCLUSION: There is a critical need to develop resources for use in medical settings to effectively support autistic adolescents' independence and mobility as they transition into adulthood.

DOI10.1007/s10803-021-05372-3
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID34853958
Grant ListR01HD079398 / / Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development /
R01HD096221 / / Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development /