Transition to Adulthood for Autistic Adolescents: Topics Discussed by Healthcare Providers With Autistic Patients and Families.

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TitleTransition to Adulthood for Autistic Adolescents: Topics Discussed by Healthcare Providers With Autistic Patients and Families.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsMyers, RK, Labows, C, Yerys, BE, McDonald, CC, Sartin, EB, Mollen, CJ, Curry, AE
JournalJ Adolesc Health
Date Published2022 Feb 11
ISSN1879-1972
Abstract

PURPOSE: We surveyed healthcare providers to determine the extent to which they discuss transition-to-adulthood topics with autistic patients without intellectual disabilities.

METHODS: Seventy-four healthcare providers in the Philadelphia area reported on the patient age at which they begin transition conversations, topics covered, and provider comfort. We calculated the proportion of providers who endorsed each transition topic, overall and by clinical setting.

RESULTS: Providers initiated transition-related conversations at a median age of 16 years (IQR: 14, 18), with over half reporting they were "somewhat" or "a little" comfortable with discussions. Nearly all providers discussed at least one healthcare, well-being, and mental health topic, while basic need-related discussions were limited.

DISCUSSION: Results suggest providers may delay and feel poorly prepared to provide anticipatory guidance to autistic patients for transition to adulthood. Future efforts to enhance the available resources and preparation available to providers are essential to meet autistic patients' needs.

DOI10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.12.011
Alternate JournalJ Adolesc Health
PubMed ID35165029