Healthcare providers’ discussions regarding transportation and driving with autistic and non-autistic patients: A brief report

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TitleHealthcare providers’ discussions regarding transportation and driving with autistic and non-autistic patients: A brief report
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsSartin, E, Myers, R, Labows, C, Metzger, K, Carey, M, Yerys, B, McDonald, C, Mollen, C, Curry, A
Abstract

<h4>Objective: </h4> To characterize healthcare and behavioral service providers’ transportation-related discussions with their autistic and non-autistic patients. <h4>Method: </h4> Seventy-eight 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. <h4>Results: </h4>: 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. <h4>Conclusion: </h4> 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.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-538546/v1
DOI10.21203/rs.3.rs-538546/v1