Pediatricians Fail To Screen for Autism

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Autism spectrum disorder

Few Maryland and Delaware primary care pediatricians screen patients regularly for autism and autism-spectrum disorders (ASD) as part of their overall look at possible developmental delays, according to results of a joint study from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Of the 255 pediatricians who participated in the study, 209 (82 percent) said they regularly screen their patients for general developmental delays, but only 20 of the 255 (8 percent) said they do so for autism-spectrum disorders. Of those who do not screen routinely for autism-spectrum disorders, almost two-thirds (62 percent) said they failed to do so because they weren't familiar with the screening tools.

"Lack of familiarity with

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